Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

A Very Brief History

by Lynn McDonald

Florence Nightingale
  • Length: 128 pages
  • Published: March 13, 2018
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-2810-7645-1
  • Item Code: P07645

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?

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

Part II: The Legacy
8. The New Profession of Patient Care—Nursing
9. Creation of the National Health Service
10. Mainstream Social and Political Reform
11. Health, Healing and the Environment
12. Research, Policy and Legacy

Further Reading


Lynn McDonald is professor emerita of sociology at the University of Guelph, Canada. A former member of the Canadian House of Commons, she was president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, and the New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament for Broadview—Greenwood, 1982–88.

BY Lynn McDonald

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