Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer (Standard Edition) / Edition 1

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AJN Book of the Year 2009

5 Stars!

β€œIt is fascinating to read and lovely to look at and would make an exceptional addition to a nursing or personal library. This is a one-of-a-kind, artistic history of the life of a nursing icon.”—Ellen Wurzbach, RN, MSN, PhDfor Doody Review Service

Scientist, philosopher, visionary, mystic, healer, reformer, activist, feminist, politician.

This lavishly illustrated biography celebrates the life and work of Florence Nightingale on the 100th anniversary of her death. With meticulous scholarship, the author documents the struggles and achievements of a woman who defied the conventions and standards of Victorian England to blaze her own path. Archival photographs, drawings, letters, maps, and a riveting narrative create a portrait of this complex, larger than life woman who is still a source of inspiration today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803621695
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Edition description: Commemorat
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 421,770
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents



  1. The Early Years (1820-1854)

  1. A Different Kind of Child
  2. Call & Awakening
  3. Egypt, Greece, & Kaiserswerth
  4. Harley Street

  1. Crimean War Years (1854-1856)

  1. Departure for the East
  2. "The Whole Army is Coming"
  3. Commissions, Illness, & Accolades
  4. Achieving Command & Control

  1. Post-War Years (1856-1861)

  1. "At the Altar of the Murdered Men"
  2. The Drive for Army Reform
  3. Nurses Training & Health Statistics
  4. Literary Fame & Personal Misfortune

  1. Reform Years (1862-1879)

  1. Private Life
  2. Sanitation for a Subcontinent
  3. Nursing Reform & Progress for Women
  4. Spiritual Surrender & Mysticism

  1. Later Years (1880-1910)

  1. Years of Loss
  2. The Birth of Indian Nationalism
  3. Nursing Moves Forward
  4. Union with the Divine


Pilgrimate to Scutari

Family Tree


Significant Family, Friends, and Correspondents

Nightingale & the Western Tradition of Mysticism

The Case for Brucellosis

Nightingale's Personality Type

Written Works

Chapter Notes


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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 1999

    A Visionary Look at Florence

    This book provides a new look at the life and work of Nightengale. Dossey brings us through the major events and turning points in Nightengale's life/work and helps us to understand the experience of this extraordinary woman from a new perspective. Essential reading for nurses!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    Nightingale Would be Proud

    Florence Nightingale was one of the most powerful women of the 19th Century and founder of modern nursing. She accomplished impossible outcomes against overwhelming odds and remains a powerful role model for contemporary women. Barbara Dossey, one of the leading nurses of our time, knows Nightingale inside-out. She has written the definitive biography which includes much new material that has been previously overlooked. Of great importance is Nightingale's spiritual side, which positions her alongside the great female mystics and visionaries of all time. Well done, Barbara Dossey! Nightingale would be proud!

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