Volume 15 of the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Wars and the War Office, picks up on the previous volume’s recounting of Nightingale’s famous work during the Crimean War and the comprehensive analysis she did on its high death rates. This volume moves on to the implementation of the recommendations that emerged from that research and to her work to reduce deaths in the next wars, beginning with the American Civil War.
Nightingale’s writings describe the creation of the Army Medical School, the vast improvements made in the statistical tracking of disease, and new measures for soldiers’ welfare. Her role in the formulation of the first Geneva Convention in 1864 is related, along with her concern that voluntary relief efforts through the Red Cross not make war “cheap.”
Nightingale was decorated by both sides for her work in the Franco-Prussian War. While much of her work concerned the mundane sending out of supplies, we see also in her writing her emerging interest in militarism as the cause of war. Her opposition to the Afghan War (of her time) and her work to provide nursing for the Egyptian campaigns, the Zulu War, and the start of the Boer War are also included.
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.
Other titles by Lynn McDonald
Florence Nightingale, Nursing, and Health Care Today
Florence Nightingale: Extending Nursing
Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 13
Florence Nightingale: The Crimean War
Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 14
Florence Nightingale: The Nightingale School
Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 12
The Making of the Myth
Women Founders of the Social Sciences
Collected Works of Florence Nightingale
The Complete Set
Florence Nightingale and Hospital Reform
Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 16
Florence Nightingale at First Hand
Florence Nightingale: An Introduction to Her Life and Family
Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 1