Wonderful Adventures Of Mrs. Seacole In Many Lands

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Mary Jane Seacole (1805-1881), sometimes known as Mother Seacole or Mary Grant, was a Jamaican-born multiracial British nurse best known for her involvement in the Crimean War (1854-1856). Her autobiography, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands (1857), is a vivid account of her experiences, and is one of the earliest autobiographies of a mixed-race woman. In her autobiography she records her early experiments in medicine, imitating her mother by ministering to a doll, then progressing to pets before...
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Mary Jane Seacole (1805-1881), sometimes known as Mother Seacole or Mary Grant, was a Jamaican-born multiracial British nurse best known for her involvement in the Crimean War (1854-1856). Her autobiography, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands (1857), is a vivid account of her experiences, and is one of the earliest autobiographies of a mixed-race woman. In her autobiography she records her early experiments in medicine, imitating her mother by ministering to a doll, then progressing to pets before helping her mother to treat humans. She was proud of her Scottish ancestry and called herself a Creole, a term which was commonly used in a racially neutral sense or to refer to the children of white settlers. Legally, she was classified as a mulatto, a multiracial person with limited political rights. She travelled around the Caribbean, visiting the English colony of New Providence in The Bahamas, the Spanish colony of Cuba, and new republic of Haiti. During the Crimean War, Seacole travelled from Navy Bay, in Panama, to England, bringing letters of recommendation from doctors in Jamaica and Panama.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781409955849
  • Publisher: Dodo Press
  • Publication date: 12/19/2008
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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Mary Jane Seacole (1805-1881) was a Jamaican nurse and a heroine of the Crimean War. When she was refused a post as a nurse during the Crimean War, Seacole went on her own initiative and in 1856 established a medical clinic at her own expense in order to provide ""a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers."" Like Florence Nightingale, she is remembered a champion for nurses.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    Every license nurse and nursing student should read

    This book is very informative on historical facts, and is very informative about the conditions and diseases during those years Ms. Seacole had more knowledge about disease than some doctors did in her day. She was consulted on many occassions by doctors and, she did consider herself as such. Ms. Seacole reffered to herself as doctoring patients. She was a very courageous woman. In our time she would be known as a medical doctor or nurse practioner.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    An unusual bio--worth a read

    With her sprightly style and dry wit, Mrs. Seacole takes us along on her adventures. From the disease-ridden Isthmus of Panama during the California gold rush, to the battlefields of the Crimea, she was undaunted by cholera, yellow fever, or prejudice. Kindhearted, practical-minded, and very self-directed--she gives us a different picture of a Victorian woman. I only wish she'd found the time to tell more of her story.

    The text is clean and this edition (Kaplan) had a useful forward.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

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    Autobiography Of A Kindhearted, Compassionate Woman

    An amazing story of an equally amazing woman. Mary travels to many continents, sometimes during war to offer her nursing/healing skills to those most in need. Although Mary encounters obstacles in getting to where she can be of help, she always manages to persevere and succeed and is able to use the talents and skills she is so eager to share.

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