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Mary Seacole - an amzing woman
on 22 July 2012
This book is the account, written by herself, of the amazing achievements of a black woman in the middle of the 19th century.
She travelled widely, despite all the inherenet difficulties, and set up 'hotels' in Panama and other parts of central America before setting off to help in the CRimean War. She received repeated rebuffs from the establishment but did not let that deter her her in any way. Instead she set about raisng money by providing essential services and using the money to fund those same services for those who could not afford to pay her anything at all. Unlike Florence Nightingale, who for 150 years has been regarded as the heroine of CRimea, she actually went to the war zone and treated wounded men in site. Florence Nightingale never went further than Scutari, just across the Bosphorus from Istanbul and a very considerable distance from Crimea itself.
The book has been digitised and made available as an ebook - some of the process had put hyphens in odd places which makes reading more difficult than it should be, but that apart, it is excellent and well worth reading.
I recommend it to anyone with an interest in Crimean history, nursing history, and of course interests in women of courage of all colours and at any time.