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Phoenix The Life of Norman Bethune by Roderick Stewart, Sharon Stewart
  

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Phoenix The Life of Norman Bethune by Roderick Stewart, Sharon Stewart

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.

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At long last, the whole Bethune-flaws and contradictions intact, making the extraordinary accomplishments of this troubled and near tragic figure all the more remarkable to unravel. I was riveted, from beginning to end. Ken Gass, Artistic Director, Fac Phoenix will enable Canadians to understand how a son of the manse evolved into a grandfather of medical humanitarianism and how an outspoken and mercurial pariah became the most famous Canadian in history. Through their meticulous and unbiased research Phoenix is a much enriched version of Bethune's life - eminently readable and riveting. Andree Levesque, McGill University

The authors have taken great care to review all the new information that has come to light and present their findings in a balanced, and effective manner. Larry W. Stephenson, professor and chief of cardiothoracic surgery, Wayne State University


About the Author

Roderick Stewart, author of Bethune and The Mind of Norman Bethune, is a retired teacher of history. Sharon Stewart has over twenty-five years of experience as a writer and as a freelance editor in educational publishing.

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Book Info

Publication date

14th August 2012

Author

Roderick Stewart, Sharon Stewart

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Publisher

McGill-Queen's University Press

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Biography: general
History of medicine

ISBN

9780773540811

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