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Florence Nightingale


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Florence Nightingale (12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) was a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night.

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  • ''Women have no sympathy ... and my experience of women is almost as large as Europe.''
    Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), British nurse. letter, Dec. 13, 1861. Forever Yours, Florence Nightingale: Selected Letters, ch. 3 (1989). Refut...
  • ''The martyr sacrifices herself (himself in a few instances) entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for she (or he) makes the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.''
    Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), British nurse. Letter, c. 1867, to the scholar Benjamin Jowett. Forever Yours, Florence Nightingale: Selected Letter...
  • What the horrors of war are, no one can imagine. They are not wounds and blood and fever, spotted and low, or dysentery, chronic and acute, cold and heat and famine. They are intoxication, drunken bru...
    Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), British nurse. Letter, May 5, 1855, to her family. Forever Yours, Florence Nightingale: Selected Letters, ch. 2 (198...
  • Instead of wishing to see more doctors made by women joining what there are, I wish to see as few doctors, either male or female, as possible. For, mark you, the women have made no improvement—th...
    Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), British nurse. Forever Yours, Florence Nightingale: Selected Letters, ch. 3 (1989). letter, Sept. 12, 1860, to t...
  • No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this—"devoted and obedient." This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a h...
    Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), British nurse. Notes on Nursing (1860).
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