Florence Nightingale: Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not. New York: D. Appleton, 1861. Octavo, original pebbled brown cloth.
Early American edition of this pioneering treatise by Florence Nightingale, “the woman who inaugurated the professional training of nurses.”
Condition: Very Good. On cover, some rubbing and loss of gilt over last part of word "Nightingale". (Please see upclose photo). Interior binding is very good and tight condition. Previous owner's name in front; dated 1861. Text clean, some spotting to text block edges only, cloth clean. An extremely good copy in the original cloth.
Florence Nightingale is "the greatest figure in the history of nursing" (Garrison & Morton 1612). Her Notes on Nursing "reflects the intelligence, efficiency, and administrative talent of the woman who inaugurated the professional training of nurses in England and, indirectly, in the United States… The need for radical reform in the care of the sick was made evident to Miss Nightingale… through service in the barracks hospital in Scutari during the Crimean War. So effectively did she cut through ancient regulations in establishing a clean and efficiently run army hospital that, on her return to England, she was asked to establish a training school for nurses… written with simplicity and direct common sense, enlivened by occasional sharp wit… Notes on Nursing is one of the seminal books of the modern world" (Lilly, 215). This pioneering work affirms Nightingale's importance as "a statistician, a researcher, a teacher, an administrator, a writer, an empathic care provider, a maverick and a passionate leader" (Linda Pellico, Yale School of Nursing).