Florence Nightingale

(1820–1910)

Florence Nightingale

Anecdote...

During the Crimean War Florence Nightingale was making the rounds of a hospital with the British field marshal, the Duke of Cambridge. In one of the beds, the duke recognized a sergeant of the guard who had had a third of his body shot away. The duke addressed him by name, and asked jovially, “Aren’t you dead yet?” Later the wounded man said to Miss Nightingale with tears in his eyes, “So feelin’ of ’is Royal ’ighness, wasn’t it, ma’am? Bless ’is ’eart, ’e wondered why I ain’t dead yet!”

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The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.

~Florence Nightingale

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Anecdote 2...

At the Parthenon in Athens, Greece in 1850, a tiny owlet fell from its nest and into the hands of wicked children. The tiny bird was spotted by a young woman who, sure it was about to be tortured to death by the rascals, saved the baby bird. It was the bird’s extreme luck that young woman happened to be none other than Florence Nightingale, the British nurse whose name is now synonymous with the word “mercy.” Source.

Biographical Note: 

Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. During the Crimean War, the British Army went to Crimea without a medical corps or medical service. In the barracks hospital at Scutari the spread of cholera, gangrene and dysentry raged uncontrolled. The Secretary for War persuaded Florence Nightingale to organize a corps of nurses to go to the Crimea. She did so and brought the death rate down by 40%. Her nursing corps became the foundation of modern nursing.