The Life of Norman Bethune

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Restless, dynamic, conflicted, a surgeon, an artist, and a writer, Norman Bethune was an extraordinary Canadian. Brilliant, yet erratic, Bethune's life was characterized by cycles of achievement and self-destruction and his adventurous spirit led him from the operating rooms of Montreal to the battlegrounds of Spain and China. In Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune Roderick and Sharon Stewart provide the intriguing details of Bethune's controversial career as a surgeon, his turbulent personal life, his passionate crusade to eradicate tuberculosis, and his pioneering commitment to the establishment of medicare in Canada. They also examine the reasoning that led Bethune to embrace Marxism and show the depth of his faith in the triumph of communism over fascism - a commitment that drove him to take risk after risk and ultimately led to his death from an infection caught while performing battlefield surgery in remote northern China. Based on extensive research in Canada, Spain, and China, and in-depth interviews with Bethune's family, friends, colleagues, and patients, Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune is the definitive Bethune biography for our time.
Publisher: Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780773538191
Branch Call Number: 617.092 BET 2011 22
Characteristics: xiii, 479 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Stewart, Sharon
Alternative Title: Life of Norman Bethune


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* Alta Vista Sep 20, 2011

Roderick and Sharon Stewart will read from Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune at the Sunnyside Library on Sat Nov 12th, 2011, 2:00-3:00. Don't miss this chance to meet the authors!

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