A great short easy reader which reflects all that is necessary for health in nursing including the psychology of nurse and patient. She focusses on the need for acute observation of individual cases while dealing with the commonest obstacles to regaining health - fresh air, sunlight, cleanliness, noise et al. It was a delight to read, not just for the need for nurses to be professional without forced recourse to academic qualification - but for the English of her day and her patent frustration with ideas of nursing being 'goodness' or refuge from disappointed love. Nursing is tough and not for the idle or faint hearted.
Sadly,she would now be shocked at the reversal. In her day private nursing was more dangerous than hospital nursing. Today, modern hospitals with their multi-storey, airconditioned, semi-warded structures do not easily fit and the multitude of visitors, individual TVs/phones and banging cupboards and beeping machines are patently a patient's hell. We have lost sight of the basics while focussing on technology and degrees.