Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale (1820–1910) is best known for organising a group of volunteer nurses to care for sick and wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Her principal achievements were improving hygiene and food, preventing many needless deaths. Lionised in England as “the Lady with the Lamp”, she spent her later life promoting the training of nurses and in making it a respectable profession for women. She also proved highly effective in pioneering the use of statistics. She suffered poor health in mid-life (possibly as a result of an infection contracted in the Crimea) and spent three decades working from her bed. Florence Nightingale died in 1910, aged 90.

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