Florence Nightingale: The Woman and Her Legend Paperback – 7 May 2009
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'It is hard to imagine how one might improve on Bostridge's masterly understanding' Sunday Times 'A masterly work, sympathetic but even-handed, and enormously enjoyable to read' New Statesman 'Perceptive and engrossing ... a fascinating portrait' History Today 'Compellingly authoritative' Evening Standard 'A biography that triumphs' Daily Mail 'Sympathetic and vivid ... Will not be superseded for generations to come' Telegraph 'A masterly achievement ... immensely readable' Financial Times
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This book will be of great interest to anyone interested in women's history, social history, the history of nursing and public health, and the way in which the work of some tenacious and forward- thinking people in the nineteenth century made possible the improvements in medical care we have today. It is also a personal story of a great individual who had the determination to transcend many of the social and cultural barriers which faced middle-class Victorian women who wanted to carve out a profession or career of their own. Florence Nightingale deserves to be remembered, not for her mythical saintliness, but for her hard work and determination to achieve something more than was expected of women in that time and place.
In his introduction, Mark Bostridge explains how he has been aided by the gradual appearance of many of Florence Nightingale's selected writings, as well as his research in the unpublished archive of Nightingale family papers. It's obvious just how much work has gone into his book, and it is both detailed and informative.
It is a long, detailed book, and yet it is incredibly readable. It covers everything you can imagine, from Florence Nightingale's family, her time in the Crimean War, her reforms to nursing, and finishes by exploring her role as an icon.
Although this is such a big book, it has been divided into sections, and it is possible to read them separately. Although reading about her family background, and her life growing up will give you that wider understanding of her character as a whole, the sections based around the Crimean War, and those about her health reforms could be read independently.
Being a nurse myself, and having worked at St Thomas's, the nursing section was the most interesting to me. Florence was never interested in nurses carrying out any medical duties, but her passion was on cleanliness - oh how things have changed! It's also interesting to see how early a paid register was in place for nurses.
This is a detailed work, which is highly readable, and offers content suitable for many people - it would be a great buy for anyone with an interest in any aspect of Florence Nightingale's life, and for nurses today, who wish to learn a little more about the background of their profession.
A lot to be learned form this book.....
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got this for a family member, very thick paperback, looks good, she's training to be a nurse, hope it will inspire her!Published 3 months ago by Victoria Chadwick
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