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September 21, 1929

A Lost Commander: Florence Nightingale.

JAMA. 1929;93(12):944. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710120056036

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Biographies of the noted founder of modern nursing are of two varieties, the sentimental and the satirical. The leader of the latter class is, of course, Strachey's marvelous essay in "Four Eminent Victorians." Because of the skill of its author and her admiration for her subject, the present biography may well assume leadership of the first group mentioned. Here is a life of Florence Nightingale which may well be read by all young women embarked or about to enter on the study of nursing. Certainly they should know as much about Florence Nightingale as most physicians know about Hippocrates or even Sir William Osler. They can secure the information from the Andrews biography with pleasure and enjoy an exceptional literary style at the same time.

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