Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

Avenging Angel

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McMillan Palgrave
This study of the personality and achievements of Florence Nightingale is based on extensive research and unpublished material. She achieved fame for her leadership of a group of British nurses during the Crimean War, and afterwards she dedicated herself to promoting public health. Following a collapse at age 37, she remained bedridden for more than ten years and became one of history's most famous invalids. Hugh Small has produced a new and startling explanation of Florence Nightingale's actions, comparing the conflicting contemporary accounts of what really happened in her hospital at Scutari during the war and uncovering an official cover-up of a public health disaster for which Nightingale felt personally responsible.

Book News
Drawing on recent scholarship, an independent British researcher dispels myths surrounding Nightingale (1820-1910). Shedding light on the development of public health and democracy in Britain as well as Nightingale's mysterious breakdown at age 37, the author constructs a case for an official cover-up of a disaster at her hospital during the Crimean War. Includes photos of key figures and a cover painting of her receiving the wounded at Scutari. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999
ISBN: 9780312226992
Branch Call Number: B NIG
Characteristics: xii, 221 p., [18] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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