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NIGHTINGALE, Florence   1820-1910


Florence Nightingale trained as a nurse at the Kaiserswerth Institute for deaconesses and nurses in 1851, and took up a post as Superintendent of the Hospital for Invalided Gentlewomen in 1853. In spite of family opposition and official resistance, she travelled to the Crimea after the outbreak of war to assess and improve the conditions at the barrack and field hospitals. Her reforms did much to lessen deaths from typhus, cholera and dysentery. She continued to advise governments on the organisation of military hospitals, on the living conditions of British troops at home and in India, and on schemes for sanitary improvements in both civil and military institutions. Having visited hospitals in seven different countries and studied their methods, she tried to reform the hospital system in Britain. One of her greatest successes was in establishing nursing as a respectable paid profession for women. She founded a training school for nurses, and other nursing associations and institutions. In 1907 she received the Order of Merit. There are numerous biographies of her.

  • Notes on nursing
  • Subjects: nursing,

    • 1. Notes on nursing: what it is, and what is is not. By Florence Nightingale.
      [1859]
      20.0 x 13.0 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-76 [77] 78-79 [80]   [5s see comments]  
      GB:   *LoEN   OB  

    • 2. — [Another edition]
      21.5 x 14.0 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-76 [77] 78-79 [80]  
      GB:   LB   LL   LoEN   *NYoYU  
      US:   DCL  

      Date from Library catalogues.
      Binding: dark green limp cloth.
      From an advertisement in the new edition of 1860, it appears likely that this was the cheaper edition in limp cloth priced at two shillings.

    • 3. — New edition, revised and enlarged.
      22.0 x 14.0 cm   Pp [i-v] vi [vii] viii-xv [xvi] [1] 2-221 [222-224]  
      GB:   LB   *LoEN   OB  

      Binding: dark blue cloth, gilt.

    • 4. — [New edition, 1867]
      GB:   LB  

      The BMCat lists a new edition as published London: Harrison 1867.

    • 5. — Another edition, [1876]]
      GB:   LB  

      The BMCat lists another edition as published [1876].

    • 6. — [New edition, 1914]

      The NUCat lists another edition as published 1914.

    • 7. — [Another edition, 1924]

      The NUCat lists another edition as published 1924.

    • 8. — The art of nursing//Florence Nightingale.
      18.0 x 12.5 cm   Pp [1-6] 7-51 [52]   frontis  
      GB:   LB   *LoEN   OB  

      Date from verso of title-page.
      Binding: cream cloth boards, gilt.
      A note on the same page describes this as "an entirely new and revised edition of Miss Florence Nightingale's personal notes on nursing, first written in 1859'. The frontispiece is a portrait of the author taken from a drawing in the National Portrait Gallery. The modern editors have kept to the outlines of the original, but parts of the text have been rearranged or rewritten, notably the chapter headings.

    • 9. — Notes on nursing//what it is, and what it is not//by Florence Nightingale//a facsimile of the first edition published in 1860 by D. Appleton & Co., New York//with a foreword by Virginia M. Dunbar// Dean, Cornell University - New York Hospital School of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Service, New York Hospital, New York City.
      18.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp [i-v] vi-xii [xiii] xiv [xv-xvi] [7] 8-136 [137] 138-140, [i-iv] publ ads  
      GB:   LB   *LoEN   OB  

      Bindging: rd cloth, gilt.

    • 10. — Notes on nursing//with a foreword by Lucy J. Ottley//President Royal College of Nursing. CCCC 18.5 x 12.5 cm
      Pp [1-5] 6-9 [10-15] 16-143 [144]
      frontis
      GB:   LB   *LoEN   OB  

      Binding: blue cloth, gilt, with lamp design on front.
      The frontispiece is a photograph of a statuette of Florence Nightingale, by A.G. Walker.

    • 11. — [Title as first edition]
      21.5 x 14.0 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-76 [77] 78-79 [80]  
      GB:   LB   *LoEN   OB  

      Binding: blue cloth, gilt.
      This is a facsimile of the [1859] edition. Imprint information is from the verso of the title-page.

    • 12. — Notes on nursing//what it is and what it is not//by Florence Nightingale//with a new introduction by Joan M.E. Quixley S.R.N. R.N.T.
      20.5 x 15.5 cm   Pp [i-x] [1-5] 6-79 [80-86]   frontis  
      GB:   LB   *LoEN   OB  

    • 13. — [Title as first ediition]
      22.0 x 14.0 cm   Pp [i-iv] v [vi] vii [viii] 1-116   frontis  
      GB:   LB   *LoEN   OB  

      Binding: brown cloth, gilt.
      The frontispiece shows an engraved portrait of Florence Nightingale. General comments: "Notes on nursing' was the most popular of Florence Nightingale's works. It was first published in December 1959, price 5s., and sold 15,000 copies within a month. It was reprinted in cheaper editions and translated into French, German and Italian.
      Florence Nightingale commented in the preface to her book that she intended the notes not "as a manual to teach nurses to nurse. They are meant simply to give hints for thought to women who have personal charge of the health of others...every woman is a nurse'. Her style is clear, succinct, sometimes scathing and often witty, and although her warning not to wear a rustling crinoline in the sick-room has dated much of her other advice has not. The table of contents includes ventilation and warming, health of houses, petty management, noise, variety, taking food, what food?, bed and bedding, light, cleanliness of rooms and walls, personal cleanliness,

  • Notes on nursing for the labouring classes
  • Subjects: nursing, working-class,

    • 1. Notes on nursing for the labouring classes. By Florence Nightingale.
      1861
      16.0 x 10.5 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-96  
      GB:   LB   *LoEN   OB  

      A note from the author dated March 1861 explains "This edition has been made for the use of the labouring classes, with some abridgement, with considerable additions, and with a supplementary chapter on children'.

    • 2. — [New edition, 1868]
      GB:   LB   OB  

      The BMCat lists a new edition as published London: 1868.

    • 3. — New edition.
      16.0 x 10.5 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-114  
      GB:   LB   *LoEN   OB  

    • 4. — [A reissue, 1894]
      GB:   LB  

      The BMCat lists a reissued edition as published London: 1894.


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