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Bethune

Bethune

| 58 min

This feature documentary is a biography of Dr. Norman Bethune, the Canadian doctor who served with the loyalists during the Spanish Civil War and with the North Chinese Army during the Sino-Japanese War. In Spain he pioneered the world's first mobile blood-transfusion service; in China his work behind battle lines to save the wounded has made him a legendary figure.


Credits
  • director
    Donald Brittain
  • producer
    Donald Brittain
    John Kemeny
  • script
    Donald Brittain
    John Kemeny
  • executive producer
    Guy Glover
  • camera
    Robert Humble
    François Séguillon
    Murray Fallen
  • sound
    George Croll
    Roger Hart
  • editing
    John Kemeny
  • sound editing
    Sidney Pearson
  • narrator
    Lister Sinclair

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Education

Ages 16 to 17

History - The Depression Era
History - World War II
Science - Biology

Comment on the following topics: Bethune's sybarite lifestyle; his philosophy on health care; his political views at home and abroad; Bethune's establishment of mobile blood-transfusion services in Spain; his treatment of the wounded Chinese via mobile hospitals; Bethune's contribution to history as the result of his journal and medical writings; his contribution to medicine throughout his career; his untimely death at the age of 49.

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