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Florence Nightingale

A Life from Beginning to End
Narrated by: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Florence Nightingale is usually thought of for her work in the Crimean War, where, as the “Lady with the Lamp”, she tirelessly nursed wounded soldiers at all hours of the night and day. But while these two years were a significant part of her life, she was also much more. 

She was a daughter and sister who consternated her family by refusing to accept the role Victorian society assigned her. Later, she completed groundbreaking work in the fields of public health and statistics and wielded her vast influence to affect important reforms. 

Inside, you will hear about:

  • Nursing dolls and dogs
  • Leading a double life
  • Travel and depression
  • Heading to the Crimean War
  • More than the Lady with the Lamp
  • Final years and death
  • And much more!

Florence Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing, and her ideas continue to resound in the field of healthcare even today. Though she certainly had faults, her life is a fascinating story of courage and determination.

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  • A S N
  • 17-02-2020

Gives a fair idea about the lady.

While this one hour book covers most aspects of her life, like her relationship with her family etc, I think it should also have covered what Florence achieved as a statistician. To be fair, there is a mention of her using stats but a couple of quick examples would have highlighted what she achieved through that and what she could prove with the statistics. (She was a pioneer in the polar-area diagram.) I had bought the book to know more of her achievements in that field as her other contributions were by and large taught at school.
Overall, it covered her biography well, considering the short duration of the book. I could not deduct more than one star just because my expectations could not be meant.

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  • Karen G
  • 30-10-2019

Very engaging account of the Life of Florence Nightingale

Well researched. In such a short amount of time you come to understand Ms Nightingale’s philosophy as not only a nurse but as an administrator, author, teacher and social reformer. This concise account is both a joy and educational listening experience. I recommend it as a well read and interesting performance by Mike Nelson.