Revolutionizing Medicine

1936

Dr. Norman Bethune was a First World War surgeon who studied at the University of Toronto. He developed the first mobile blood bank to bring blood to soldiers in the field, rather than transporting them to hospital. Bethune is celebrated in China for training its doctors and paramedics and tending to wounded soldiers and sick villagers during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

His work has allowed generations of battlefield doctors to give blood transfusions where they are needed the most — on the frontlines.

U of T Medicine remembers Norman Bethune »