Florence Nightingale at Home (Paperback)
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Florence Nightingale at Home (Paperback)

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Paperback 263 Pages / Published: 13/11/2020
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Homes can be both comforting and troubling places. This timely book proposes a new understanding of Florence Nightingale's experiences of domestic life and how ideas of home influenced her writings and pioneering work. From her childhood homes in Derbyshire and Hampshire, she visited the poor sick in their cottages. As a young woman, feeling imprisoned at home, she broke free to become a woman of action, bringing home comforts to the soldiers in the Crimean War and advising the British population on the home front how to create healthier, contagion-free homes. Later, she created Nightingale Homes for nursing trainees and acted as mother-in-chief to her extended family of nurses. These efforts, inspired by her Christian faith and training in human care from religious houses, led to major changes in professional nursing and public health, as Nightingale strove for homely, compassionate care in Britain and around the world. Shedid most of this work from her bed after contracting the debilitating illness, brucellosis, in the Crimea, turning her various private homes into offices and 'households of faith'. In the year of the bicentenary of her birth, she remains as relevant as ever, achieving an astonishing cultural afterlife.

Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland AG
ISBN: 9783030465339
Number of pages: 263
Weight: 374 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2020


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"This latest book on Nightingale makes an insightful contribution to the existing literature on the world's most well-known nurse, being the first to explore her domestic experiences and how the theme of home influenced her writings and work." (David Stewart, nottinghamnursinghistory.wordpress.com, July 7, 2021)

"Few books succeed in entering the private life of such an important figure as Florence Nightingale. Inquiries into the private life of physicians and scientists are numerous, but not so many do it with tact or, more than anything, with a clear vision of the deep connection between the private life, 'at-homeness,' and a professional endeavor - here, the feeling to be generated in the patient's life. This is a book written with light brush strokes, all with great attention to detail." (Alain Touwaide, Doody's Book Reviews, March 19, 2021)

"Part of the pleasure in reading this thoughtful and well-executed collaborative work is the way in which the received narrative boundaries have been dissolved. ... For any student of Nightingale, or of gender and health in the nineteenth century, the authors offer a wonderfully detailed discussion of the past 40 years of scholarship assembled along the lines of home and domesticity." (Sioban Nelson, Social History of Medicine, March 12, 2021)


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