Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer / Edition 1

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Readers are informed and exhilarated by the story of Florence Nightingale, a brilliant pioneer who played a major role in making nursing the respected profession it is today. This sumptuously illustrated biography of nursing’s inspiring founder focuses on Nightingale’s mystic beliefs, her contributions to public health and infection control, and her trailblazing work in government and health care reform. Readers discover Nightingale’s life as a mystic and her many health care theories and practices that are still in use today. Brimming with more than 280 beautiful photographs and hundreds of little-known facts that shed light on the events that shaped Nightingale’s life and work.

The book contains predominantly color illustrations, with some black-and-white illustrations.

This lavishly illustrated biography explores the development of Nightingale's mystical beliefs and her health care theories still used today. Includes hundreds of facts, more than 300 color photographs, and more. Contents include early years (1820-1854), Crimean War (1854-1856), post Crimea (1856-1861), and government and nursing reform (1862-1879

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Reviewer: Mary Ellen Wurzbach, RN, MSN, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This is a biographical examination of the life of Florence Nightingale. The narrative is complemented by lovely photographs and artwork, and the printed calligraphy adds interest as well.
Purpose: The purpose is to present Nightingale's life, work, and ideas to offset the meager, trivialized picture most nurses have of her. These are very worthy objectives and well met.
Audience: The book is written for all nurses — students and practitioners — but nurses interested in the history of nursing and theory will be particularly pleased by the presentation.
Features: Nightingale's life is examined by highlighting her major milestones and historical periods. The breadth of coverage encompasses the early years, the Crimean War years, post-war years, reform years, and later years. The color art and old photographs add immensely to the visual enjoyment of the book. Appendixes include a reference list of many of Nightingale's writings.
Assessment: This is an outstanding review and analysis of Nightingale's life, meticulously referenced. The presentation, including very interesting narrative, color art, and old black-and-white photographs, is superb. It 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.
Mary Ellen Wurzbach
This is a biographical examination of the life of Florence Nightingale. The narrative is complemented by lovely photographs and artwork, and the printed calligraphy adds interest as well. The purpose is to present Nightingale's life, work, and ideas to offset the meager, trivialized picture most nurses have of her. These are very worthy objectives and well met. The book is written for all nurses -- students and practitioners -- but nurses interested in the history of nursing and theory will be particularly pleased by the presentation. Nightingale's life is examined by highlighting her major milestones and historical periods. The breadth of coverage encompasses the early years, the Crimean War years, post-war years, reform years, and later years. The color art and old photographs add immensely to the visual enjoyment of the book. Appendixes include a reference list of many of Nightingale's writings. This is an outstanding review and analysis of Nightingale's life, meticulously referenced. The presentation, including very interesting narrative, color art, and old black-and-white photographs, is superb. It 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.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874349849
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 8.83 (w) x 11.17 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 The Early Years 1820-1854 1
Ch. 1 A Different Kind of Child 3
Ch. 2 Call & Awakening 33
Ch. 3 Egypt, Greece, & Kaiserswerth 63
Ch. 4 Harley Street 85
Pt. 2 Crimean War Years 1854-1856 101
Ch. 5 Departure for the East 103
Ch. 6 "The Whole Army is Coming" 121
Ch. 7 Commissions, Illness, & Accolades 149
Ch. 8 Achieving Command & Control 169
Pt. 3 Post-War Years 1856-1861 177
Ch. 9 "At the Altar of the Murdered Men" 179
Ch. 10 The Drive for Army Reform 201
Ch. 11 Nurses Training & Health Statistics 219
Ch. 12 Literary Fame & Personal Misfortune 231
Pt. 4 Reform Years 1862-1879 251
Ch. 13 Private Life 253
Ch. 14 Sanitation for a Subcontinent 267
Ch. 15 Nursing Reform & Progress for Women 291
Ch. 16 Spiritual Surrender & Mysticism 325
Pt. 5 Later Years 1880-1910 345
Ch. 17 Years of Loss 347
Ch. 18 The Birth of Indian Nationalism 355
Ch. 19 Nursing Moves Forward 375
Ch. 20 Union with the Divine 393
Appendices 417
Family Tree 418
Timeline 420
Nightingale & the Western Tradition of Mysticism 425
The Case for Brucellosis 426
Nightingale's Personality Type 427
Written Works 428
Chapter Notes & References 429
Picture Credits 435
Acknowledgments 436
Index 437
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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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