Friday, August 12, 2016

For All the Saints: Florence Nightingale

On the Episcopal calendar today (August 12), and on the ELCA calendar tomorrow (August 13), Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) is honored as a social reformer and humanitarian. She is considered the founder of modern nursing, based on her tireless work during the Crimean War. She also pushed for improved healthcare in Britain and for employment for women. Although seriously ill for over half her life, she wrote and published extensively, not only about medicine but religion and other subjects as well, and she advised on the conditions of field hospitals during the American Civil War as well as sanitary conditions in British India. She was also skilled in math and statistics and popularized the use of diagrams of statistical data. has a good account of her life: There is a Florence Nightingale museum in London:

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