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Florence Nightingale: Nurse Pioneer Paperback – September 5, 2016
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"Florence Nightingale” is a charming, beautiful, amazingly well written historically based book about a heroine that everyone has heard of but few probably really know.
I was swept away by the grace of the writing and the beauty of the pictures. This is what a book should really be. A true work of art.
And then there are questions to see if we were really paying attention. And then more incredible pictures of birds and animals and historical images. And references and definitions for even more learning.
This book is not only a great gift to young readers, but a great gift to all readers.
We meet Florence who is a child of great wealth from a family of great prominence in England. Instead of giving in to the desires of her parents and English society to simply live a life of luxury waited upon by servants, something in her is impelled to spurn it all and to defy tradition at great personal risk to become a nurse to serve humanity.
As a nurse, Florence Nightingale was appalled at the unsanitary and unsafe condition of hospitals and the primitive practices of physicians such as “bleeding”. Well before it was understood that germs caused contagious diseases, she understood that many hospitals were constructed on top of dirty cesspools that were filled with vermin and insects with many of the patients “living in filth.” At this time there simply was no knowledge of what caused disease or of the importance of proper sanitation and sterility in preventing contagious illnesses.
Florence tirelessly pushed for the scrubbing of hospital floors, for the importance of proper cleaning of all hospital surfaces and for the isolation of contagious patients to stop the spread of infectious diseases.
She emphasized the need for fresh clean air and good food in hospitals and for the regular bathing of babies. Prior to this it was felt that “the feet of babies should never touch water.” She also promoted the need for all babies to sleep in their own beds or cots to avoid promoting the spread of infections.
She joined the growing cadre of medical pioneers at the time clamoring for important sanitary changes such as proper hand washing and the maintaining of a sanitary atmosphere within hospitals.
Florence helped save many lives of English soldiers during the Crimean war as her efforts to sanitize wards and hospitals helped stop massive outbreaks of diseases such as cholera which were killing more soldiers than wounds on the battlefield. She was honored by Queen Victoria who gave her an honorary brooch and a large sum of money which she used to start a nursing school. She was also instrumental in the creation of the British Red Cross.
I cannot emphasize enough what a pleasant surprise this book is. 5/5 Stars for a great read. I really enjoyed it.
James Okun, MD