Heart and Soul : The Story of Florence Nightingale (Paperback) - Gorrell, Gena K.

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In Florence Nightingale's day, if a person was sick - and lucky - he or she was nursed at home with caring family members tending the bedside. Hospitals were horrible places from which few emerged alive. The nurses were often drunks and prostitutes. Doctors had rudimentary skills.
Thus the privileged Nightingale family was appalled when Florence, who had done her share of household nursing, announced that she wanted to train to work in a hospital. After all, her role was cut out for her: she was to be a decorative, witty lady. A career, much less nursing, was out of the question.
It took many years, but Florence found her calling in Crimea. More English soldiers died of sickness there than died in battle. If they were wounded they were almost sure to suffer in misery, lying on pallets caked with old blood, hungry and thirsty, without anyone to offer them so much as a sip of water. Florence caused a revolution in her insistence for cleanliness, wholesome food, and kind treatment of men, who were considered to be nothing more than cannon fodder.
Florence's campaign resulted in reforms to health care for millions of people. Although she was in frail health for much of her life, her sense of outrage and her extraordinary stamina in the face of prejudice and almost criminal ignorance make her story one of the most inspiring in history.
Dozens of photographs, posters, and cartoons bring the past to life in this memorable biography.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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Publisher McClelland & Stewart Ltd
Mfg Part# 9780887767036
SKU 39831127
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0887767036
Release Date 3/8/2005
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 7.5L x 0.25T
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Annotation This biography of Florence Nightingale is partially based on Nightingale's own notes and letters. In addition to discussing her achievements in nursing, the author also explores the historic, political, and social contexts of her life. Illustrated with drawings, photographs, and maps.
First Line On May 12, in the year 1820, a baby girl was born in the Italian city of Firenze. Her parents were not Italian; they were a young English couple, William and Fanny Nightingale.
Editors Note In Florence Nightingale’s day, if a person was sick – and lucky – he or she was nursed at home with caring family members tending the bedside. Hospitals were horrible places from which few emerged alive. The nurses were often drunks and prostitutes. Doctors had rudimentary skills.Thus the privileged Nightingale family was appalled when Florence, who had done her share of household nursing, announced that she wanted to train to work in a hospital. After all, her role was cut out for her: she was to be a decorative, witty lady. A career, much less nursing, was out of the question.It took many years, but Florence found her calling in Crimea. More English soldiers died of sickness there than died in battle. If they were wounded they were almost sure to suffer in misery, lying on pallets caked with old blood, hungry and thirsty, without anyone to offer them so much as a sip of water. Florence caused a revolution in her insistence for cleanliness, wholesome food, and kind treatment of men, who were considered to be nothing more than cannon fodder.Florence’s campaign resulted in reforms to health care for millions of people. Although she was in frail health for much of her life, her sense of outrage and her extraordinary stamina in the face of prejudice and almost criminal ignorance make her story one of the most inspiring in history.Dozens of photographs, posters, and cartoons bring the past to life in this memorable biography.From the Hardcover edition.
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 10
Number of Pages 0152
Publisher Tundra Books (NY)

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