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August 30, 1958

Florence Nightingale and the Doctors

JAMA. 1958;167(18):2254. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990350092020

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It is assumed by most of us that nursing as a profession began about 1854 during the Crimean War. Not so. It probably began when the first toddler stubbed his toe and fell, bruising some part of his body. Mothers were the first nurses. As for history, we know that with the foundation of the first hospitals women were there to give aid and comfort to the sick. Hildegarde, Abbess of Rupertsburg, in the 12th century organized a school for nurses to serve in hospitals. In fact, Florence Nightingale got her initial training in the institute founded by St. Vincent de Paul in Paris. She also worked with the Protestant Deaconesses at Kaisersworth, Prussia. In 1840, a Mrs. Fry set up the Nursing Sisters Society to care for the outcasts in London. Miss Nightingale, much against the wishes of her family, managed to be assigned to the military services and

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