Norman Bethune

1890 - 1939

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Henry Norman Bethune (; March 4, 1890 – November 12, 1939; Chinese: 亨利·諾爾曼·白求恩; pinyin: Hēnglì Nuò'ěrmàn Báiqiú'ēn) was a Canadian thoracic surgeon, early advocate of socialized medicine and member of the Communist Party of Canada, who came to international prominence first for his service as a frontline trauma surgeon supporting the Republican faction during the Spanish Civil War, and later for his work supporting the Communist Party of China's (CPC) Eighth Route Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Bethune helped bring modern medicine to rural China and often treated sick villagers as much as wounded soldiers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Norman Bethune has received more than 603,455 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Norman Bethune is the 268th most popular physician (down from 251st in 2019), the 99th most popular biography from Canada (down from 87th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Canadian Physician.

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Among physicians, Norman Bethune ranks 268 out of 509. Before him are Gavriil Ilizarov, Guillaume Dupuytren, William Cullen, Johann von Staupitz, Jan Jesenius, and Edmond Locard. After him are Vladimir Dal, Johann Conrad Dippel, Richard Wilhelm, Leon Pinsker, Friedrich Hoffmann, and Randy Schekman.

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Among people born in 1890, Norman Bethune ranks 79Before him are Bacha Khan, Sarah Aaronsohn, Seiichi Itō, Alois Eliáš, Louis Delluc, and Victoria Ocampo. After him are Solomon Mikhoels, Zeki Velidi Togan, Adolf Schärf, Paul Strand, Princess Dagmar of Denmark, and Clarence Brown. Among people deceased in 1939, Norman Bethune ranks 47Before him are Roman Dmowski, Wu Peifu, Danilo, Crown Prince of Montenegro, Evald Aav, Arthur Rackham, and Grigori Sokolnikov. After him are Louis Trousselier, Louis Wain, Harvey Cushing, Oscar Milosz, Havelock Ellis, and Yevgeny Miller.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Norman Bethune ranks 99 out of 1,130. Before him are Eric McCormack (1963), Denny Doherty (1940), Denys Arcand (1941), Deanna Durbin (1921), Denis Villeneuve (1967), and Gordie Howe (1928). After him are Bruce Greenwood (1956), William B. Davis (1938), Katheryn Winnick (1977), Linda Evangelista (1965), Myron Scholes (1941), and Joshua Slocum (1844).

Among PHYSICIANS In Canada

Among physicians born in Canada, Norman Bethune ranks 5Before him are Frederick Banting (1891), Oswald Avery (1877), Charles Brenton Huggins (1901), and David H. Hubel (1926). After him are William Osler (1849), Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914), Édouard Gagnon (1918), and James Heilman (1979).