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Florence Nightingale: The Crimean War

Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 14

edited by Lynn McDonald

Publisher
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2016
Category
Medical, History, Women's Studies
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554585328
    Publish Date
    Nov 2016
    List Price
    $95.00 USD
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780889204690
    Publish Date
    Dec 2010
    List Price
    $150.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554587476
    Publish Date
    Feb 2011
    List Price
    $94.99

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Florence Nightingale is famous as the “lady with the lamp” in the Crimean War, 1854—56. There is a massive amount of literature on this work, but, as editor Lynn McDonald shows, it is often erroneous, and films and press reporting on it have been even less accurate. The Crimean War reports on Nightingale’s correspondence from the war hospitals and on the staggering amount of work she did post-war to ensure that the appalling death rate from disease (higher than that from bullets) did not recur.

This volume contains much on Nightingale’s efforts to achieve real reforms. Her well-known, and relatively “sanitized”, evidence to the royal commission on the war is compared with her confidential, much franker, and very thorough Notes on the Health of the British Army, where the full horrors of disease and neglect are laid out, with the names of those responsible.

About the author

Lynn McDonald is a professor of sociology at the University of Guelph, Ontario. She is a former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada’s largest women’s organization. As a Member of Parliament (the first “Ms” in the House of Commons), her Non-smokers Health Act made Parliamentary history as a private member’s bill, and made Canada a world leader in the “tobacco wars.” She is the author of The Early Origins of the Social Sciences (1993), and The Women Founders of the Social Sciences (1994) and editor of Women Theorists on Society and Politics (WLU Press, 1998), all of which have significant sections on Florence Nightingale.

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