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August 1961

Florence Nightingale 1820-1910

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(2):317-318. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620080149016

Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not.  By Florence Nightingale. Price, not given. Pp. 140, with no illustrations. D. Appleton & Company, 549 & 551 Broadway, New York, 1879.A couple of years ago I reviewed Florence Nightingale and the Doctors, Zachary Cope's delightful discourse on Florence's varied dealings with the medical profession. I had never read Cecil Woodham-Smith's highly praised biography of Florence Nightingale, so when I came across a copy in a second-hand book store I put it on the shelf of books to read. Perhaps no one could get the necessary feeling for this strange and powerful woman but one of her own sex. Cecil Woodham-Smith's researches into the Crimean War led her into the fascinating and perceptive study of failure, or more accurately, masculine incompetence, in The Reason Why, which dealt with the concatanation of stupidities which led to the suicidal charge

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