May 12th marks Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Born on May 12th, 1820, Florence Nightingale devoted her life to nursing and campaigning for better health care and sanitation for all. She was a philosopher of modern nursing, statistician, and social reformer dubbed the “Lady with the Lamp” for her nightly rounds of giving care to the wounded. Florence Nightingale is celebrated around the world as a nursing icon; there are even several museums (including the Florence Nightingale Museum in London) all devoted to her work.
To spread her opinions on reform, Nightingale wrote extensively on hospital planning and organization—publishing over 200 books, reports, and pamphlets. Springer Publishing Company is thrilled to have recently published Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing and Notes on Nursing from the Labouring Classes. The new edition presents Nightingale's unabridged edition in its original form for the very first time since its publication in July 1860. Together with the 1868 edition and the 1875 manuscripts, the book provides the nearest possible "authoritative, complete, and unexpurgated" version of "one of the best-selling, globally circulated texts of the nineteenth century."
Some of our favorite quotes from Florence Nightingale include:
"How very little can be done under the spirit of fear."
"I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse."
"It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm."