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Florence Nightingale


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Florence Nightingale : Notes on Matters affecting the Health, Efficiency, and Hosptal Administration of the British Army

'I read the [italics] Subsidiary Notes [end italics] first. It was so interesting I could not leave it. I finished it at one long morning sitting - hardly stirring between breakfast and dinner. I cannot tell you how much I like it, and for such numbers of reasons. First, because you know of a varnish that is as good or better than black-lead for grates (only I wonder what it is). Next, because of the little sentences of real deep wisdom which from their depth and true foundation may be real helps in every direction and to every person; and for the quiet continual devout references to God which make the book a holy one'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell      Print: Book


Florence Nightingale : Cassandra

'For years I continued to detest the founder of modern nursing and all that she stood for - a state of mind which persisted until, quite recently, I read her essay "Cassandra" in the Appendix to Ray Strachey's "The Cause", and realised the contrast between her rebelliious spirit, her administrator's grasp of the essentials, and the bigoted narrowness of some of her successors.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Vera Brittain      Print: Book


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