Donald William Bethune | The BMJ

Don Bethune joined Papworth as a consultant in 1969 after training in hospitals in Newcastle and London. He was a pioneer in the operation and management of life support during open heart surgery, working with the relatively primitive heart-lung machine. He was the first consultant at Papworth with a special interest in open heart surgery and was responsible for the intensive care unit and perfusion service. Over 30 years, he made significant advances in cardiothoracic anesthesia and perfusion technology. He played a crucial role in the development of cardiac surgery at Papworth.

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