By Hugh Small
(Palgrave Macmillan, Hardcover, 9780312226992, 234pp.)
Publication Date: November 1999
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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This study of the personality and achievements of Florence Nightingale is based on extensive research and unpublished material. She achieved fame for her leadership of a group of British nurses during the Crimean War, and afterwards she dedicated herself to promoting public health. Following a collapse at age 37, she remained bedridden for more than ten years and became one of history's most famous invalids. Hugh Small has produced a new and startling explanation of Florence Nightingale's actions, comparing the conflicting contemporary accounts of what really happened in her hospital at Scutari during the war and uncovering an official cover-up of a public health disaster for which Nightingale felt personally responsible.
Hugh Small is now retired and living in North London.
"[Small's] use of new primary source material will be of interest to all scholars of this time period."--Isis, Julie Fairman
"A masterly piece of historical detective work . . . A compelling psychological portrait."-- Daily Telegraph