Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dr. Norman Bethune

Did you know Canada.. Dr. Norman Bethune, born in Gravenhurst, Ontario on March 3, 1890, was a Canadian physician and medical innovator.

He developed the first mobile blood-transfusion service in 1936! During the Spanish Civil War a frequent cause of death on the battlefield is medical shock brought on by loss of blood. Unfortunately a casualty whose wounds do not appear life-threatening suddenly dies - a terrible loss.

It was during this time that Bethune conceived the idea of administering blood transfusions on the spot - he organized a service to collect blood from donors and deliver it to the battlefront, thereby saving countless lives. While also developing the world's first mobile medical unit - containing dressings for 500 wounds, and enough supplies and medicine for 100 operations.

He's also known for setting up a free medical clinic for the poor in Montreal.

A true Canadian to be proud of!!

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