Florence Nightingale revolutionized the field of nursing. Before she became involved, nursing was not a respectable occupation; many of the nurses were uneducated, dirty, and often drank on duty. Only the very poor, who had no other choice, would go to the hospital for care. With Florence's hard work, research into medical practices, and disciplined hand, the field of nursing became a more respectable occupation. She also improved the quality of care. This book gives the reader insight into why she pursued this field and how her life history molded her into a medical advocate. This title is part of the "Uncharted, Unexplored, and Unexplained" series that explores many of the scientific advancements of the 19th century. These books do not just present science facts, but give every reader, even those not so interested in science, a chance to connect to the topic by providing a history of the person and presenting historical and cultural facts about the time period in information boxes. This book would make a fine resource in any library or classroom since it is an excellent research tool with a chronology, bibliography, glossary, index, and list of other books for further research. 2005, Mitchell Lane Publishers, Ages 9 to 14.