Two heroes of the class of onety-seven: Part I

Can J Surg. 1990 Feb;33(1):69-74.


Frederick Banting and Norman Bethune were linked in time, place of birth, as classmates in medical college, veterans of World War I and heroes to different worlds. Both were surgeons, sharing the decisiveness that is characteristic of the profession. Both had their surgical ambitions frustrated. Banting, a failed orthopedist, was sidetracked to research: Bethune, a successful surgeon inactivated by tuberculosis, was directed by his interest in his disease to thoracic surgery and subsequently to became an advocate of socialized medicine.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Insulin / history
  • State Medicine / history
  • Thoracic Surgery / history


  • Insulin

Personal name as subject

  • F Banting
  • N Bethune