Join Brendan Ross and Mary Hague-Yearl for a discussion of Dr. Norman Bethune and an exploration of how Bethune has been, and continues
to be, portrayed. Bethune was an active member of the Communist Party of Canada, but he was most well-known for his international work in Spain and later in the People’s Republic of China.
Brendan Ross is a third-year medical student at McGill University. His interests include Chinese and Japanese intellectual traditions of medicine and non-Western approaches to medical knowledge. His essay and project for the Molina Foundation Osler Library Medical Student Research award entitled “The Chinese Apotheosis of Dr. Norman Bethune: The Making of a Medical Folk Hero” was written under the supervision of Dr. Rolando Del Maestro, William Feindel Professor Emeritus in Neuro-Oncology at McGill.
Mary Hague-Yearl is the Osler Librarian at the Osler Library of the History of Medicine and an Associate Member of McGill’s Department of Social Studies of Medicine. She studied the history of medicine at Cambridge (M.Phil) and Yale (Ph.D.) before turning to archives and special collections librarianship. Her research interests lie in the interplay between medicine and religion in the pre-modern period, and in the transformation of concepts from humoral medicine into scientific paradigms in the modern period.