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Florence Nightingale : mystic, visionary, healer
Dossey, Barbara Montgomery.
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Publication Information:
Springhouse, Pa. : Springhouse Corp., [2000]

Physical Description:
vii, 440 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, music ; 29 cm
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RT37.N5 D67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Readers are informed and exhilarated by the story of Florence Nightingale, a brilliant pioneer who played a major role in making nursing the respected profession it is today. This sumptuously illustrated biography of nursing's inspiring founder focuses on Nightingale's mystic beliefs, her contributions to public health and infection control, and her trailblazing work in government and health care reform. Readers discover Nightingale's life as a mystic and her many health care theories and practices that are still in use today. Brimming with more than 280 beautiful photographs and hundreds of little-known facts that shed light on the events that shaped Nightingale's life and work.

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Dossey provides extensive material on Florence Nightingale through narrative and pictures, bringing to life the many images that have evolved to define the founder of "modern, secular nursing." This oversized book is organized in five parts that chronicle Nightingale's life and work throughout her 90 years from 1820 to 1910. Dossey's interest in holism and spiritualism is evident in the emphasis on these aspects of Nightingale's life, highlighted in each time period. The reader who wishes to gain a concise, accurate, and thoughtful description of the many facets of Florence Nightingale will find this book to be a well-defined, well-documented account. Scholars of Nightingale may find that the narrative only begins to reveal the complexity of her personal, professional, spiritual, and political roles. The appendixes "Nightingale and the Western Tradition of Mysticism," "A Case for Brucellosis," and "Nightingale's Personality Type" present some of the author's views. Documentation of original resources is provided for each chapter, and secondary sources are cited in acknowledgments. General readers; undergraduates. M. P. Tarbox; Mount Mercy College