Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

A Very Brief History

Lynn McDonald


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Part One: The History (What do we know?)
This brief historical introduction to Florence Nightingale explores the social, political and religious factors that formed the original context of her life and writings, and considers how those factors affected the way she was initially received.

What was her impact on the world at the time and what were the key ideas and values connected with her?

Part Two: The Legacy (Why does it matter?)
This second part explores the intellectual and cultural ‘afterlife’ of Florence Nightingale, and considers the ways in which her impact has lasted and been developed in different contexts by later generations.

Why is she still considered important today? In what ways is her legacy contested or resisted? And what aspects of her legacy are likely to continue to influence the world in the future?

The book has a brief chronology at the front plus a list of further reading at the back.



Part One: The History
Chapter 1 Nightingale and the Nineteenth Century
Chapter 2 Faith in a Secular World
Chapter 3 The Crimean War
Chapter 4 Founding a New Profession – Nursing
Chapter 5 Safer Hospitals
Chapter 6 Promoting Health and Better Conditions in India
Chapter 7 Army Reform and Later Wars

Part Two: The Legacy
Chapter 8 The New Profession of Patient Care – Nursing
Chapter 9 Creation of the National Health Service
Chapter 10 Mainstream Social and Political Reform
Chapter 11 Health, Healing and the Environment
Chapter 12 Research, Policy and Legacy
Further Reading