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1998 Canada - China Dr Norman Bethune Coins

Norman Bethune was born in Gravenhurst, Ontario in 1890. He went to the University of Toronto, where his education was interrupted when he enlisted as a stretcher bearer in World War I. He received his M.D. in 1916. Dr. Bethune's impact on medicine can be categorized into three distinct areas. Bethune wrote extensively on the development of new surgical instruments, helping to establish a body of work that would be an essential reference for any surgeon

In 1938, while living in China, Bethune proposed a universal health care system for Canada. Although the suggestion was not readily accepted, Bethune's good works abroad and compelling recommendations would eventually find a place in the Canadian medical system. And finally, Bethune is probably most remembered as being the first to introduce the mobile blood bank to the battlefield, where he performed countless blood transfusions in the midst of heavy fighting. A doctor to the very end, Bethune

died of blood poisoning in 1939, while ministering to a Chinese Army. Canada remembers Bethune as a medical genius, China reveres him as a saint. Read an obituary written by Mao Tse Tung here.

In 1998, the governments of Canada and China produced a 50th anniversary set commemorating Dr Bethune's work with the Chinese army.

This is a silver proof set featuring a Canadian 5 dollar coiin and a Chinese 10 Yuan coin, in an attractive presentation case.

$104.95 CDN

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