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

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


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.

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