The Bethune Memorial House was home to Dr. Norman Bethune a surgeon, inventor, and political activist, born right here in Gravenhurst, Ontario in 1890. The house is a National Historic Site of Canada.
After contracting pulmonary tuberculosis in 1926, Bethune dedicated himself to tuberculosis victims and thoracic surgery. Bethune’s achievements include his dedication and research to tuberculosis and a mobile blood transfusion service.
Known in his fame mostly for the last two years of his life, which he spent in China as a teacher and surgeon – his legacy carries on as Bethune’s story is taught as humanitarianism to millions of Chinese students.
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