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This is an auction for FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE by Cecil Woodham-Smith. review:

"FIVE STARS!!! "This is the story of one of the world's most remarkable women. Florence Nightingale was born into an English aristocratic family. She was spoiled and difficult, yet had a sense early in her life that she had been picked by God to do something special. In 1851 she went to the Crimea where she became the famous "lady of the lamp". When she returned from the Crimea she continued to work, building on her discoveries of gross inefficiency in the administration of the army hospitals. She toiled at the task of reorganizing delivery of health care in the British army. She directed efforts to improve sanitation in India, and for several decades was the expert on questions of health in India, although she never left England again. She was in no sense the sweet, gentle person that people imagined the "lady of the lamp" to be. She was deeply attached to morality and authority. Although she did much to make nursing a profession, she was not interested in women's rights and opposed female suffrage. She never accepted the germ theory (a new idea in the 1870s), although she was always a supporter of ventilation (even when it was not helpful, as in India). A major reason for the appeal of this book is the wit of Nightingale herself and her many correspondents. Woodham-Smith quotes liberally from much of her copious correspondence, much of which is pithy and amusing. She was bitter, whiny, full of self-pity, and hyperbolic in a way that makes for wonderful reading. Highly recommended."

Hardback 1952.

450 pages.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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