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Florence Nightingale was a healer, a comforter, and a nurturer. But like all of us, she had a dark side. Because of her mystique and her charisma she always got what she wanted. Seldom, did anyone really know her. They were drawn to her. They had to be with her. They admired her. At least one man literally worked himself to death for her. But they did not really know her. Florence Nightingale was a healer, a comforter, and a nurturer. But like all of us, she had a dark side. Because of her mystique and her charisma she always got what she wanted. Seldom, did anyone really know her. They were drawn to her. They had to be with her. They admired her. At least one man literally worked himself to death for her. But they did not really know her. There is no doubt she was a force with which one had to attend. Denial of her passion and abilities generally led only to personal devastation! Now you can discover the darker side of Florence Nightingale.


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Florence Nightingale was a healer, a comforter, and a nurturer. But like all of us, she had a dark side. Because of her mystique and her charisma she always got what she wanted. Seldom, did anyone really know her. They were drawn to her. They had to be with her. They admired her. At least one man literally worked himself to death for her. But they did not really know her. Florence Nightingale was a healer, a comforter, and a nurturer. But like all of us, she had a dark side. Because of her mystique and her charisma she always got what she wanted. Seldom, did anyone really know her. They were drawn to her. They had to be with her. They admired her. At least one man literally worked himself to death for her. But they did not really know her. There is no doubt she was a force with which one had to attend. Denial of her passion and abilities generally led only to personal devastation! Now you can discover the darker side of Florence Nightingale.

30 review for The Biography of Florence Nightingale

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ivan

    Interesting "brief life" story of Nightingale by the very gifted Lytton Strachey. In the 21st century one reads while shaking your head at the privation of any sanitary measures in hospitals until this woman came along and pushed for change - and this is just 150 fifty years ago - to say she revolutionized nursing and hospital care is no overstatement.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cali

    It is hard to find biographies that bring the subject to life. This is one of those few.

  3. 4 out of 5

    David Jefferson

    Nightingale, the bottom line can be read in a brief time. Considering that I knew next to nothing about Florence Nightingale (and that I work in nursing)... This is an important book. Nursing School makes reference to her as well as other innovators, of the field but really don't go into depth on the history. This book answers those questions. For we the readers do receive a clear picture of the state of nursing prior to the Nightingale Impact and the motivations for her to do what she did. We als Nightingale, the bottom line can be read in a brief time. Considering that I knew next to nothing about Florence Nightingale (and that I work in nursing)... This is an important book. Nursing School makes reference to her as well as other innovators, of the field but really don't go into depth on the history. This book answers those questions. For we the readers do receive a clear picture of the state of nursing prior to the Nightingale Impact and the motivations for her to do what she did. We also receive a glimpse of her personality. We generally don't visualize role models and celebrities as being human but in some celebrated state above. (Michael Jackson was once asked if he ever had to use the rest room.) So in contrast to this bigger than life perception, we see that Miss Nightingale was as human as the rest of us. Imagine Florence Nightingale actually resorting to name calling and even engaging into fisticuffs! These all too human traits helps paint a picture of the ordinary being able to go beyond herself and accomplish the extraordinary!!!! It's also a short book. I was actually disappointed that I finished reading it so-oooo quickly. But the brevity, I feel, takes away any excuse of people in the nursing field not reading it. But this is a history book and history books are for everyone... not just nursing!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I enjoyed the biography but find myself puzzled by the introduction as well as the back cover summary. There must be something I missed about Miss Nightengale’s supposed “dark side.” It may be perhaps lost over time or maybe it is there and I missed it. Were Miss Nightengale, instead Mr. Nightengale, her determination and maniacal drive would have presented her as a winning mind of her time. Instead, we see her still, as the Lady with the Lamp, but it is precisely this image that changed the wor I enjoyed the biography but find myself puzzled by the introduction as well as the back cover summary. There must be something I missed about Miss Nightengale’s supposed “dark side.” It may be perhaps lost over time or maybe it is there and I missed it. Were Miss Nightengale, instead Mr. Nightengale, her determination and maniacal drive would have presented her as a winning mind of her time. Instead, we see her still, as the Lady with the Lamp, but it is precisely this image that changed the world of nursing and military medical care throughout the world. A very fascinating story about a very unusual woman.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Parts of the book were difficult to get through but the book was a short read. My interest in Ms Nightingale is that of being an RN who graduated from the University of Maryland. Our cap was designed based on one of Florence’s caps and originally made in England. She was a very special lady and made a difference in the lives of all of us today. So I enjoyed the short history. I hope to read more about her.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Magda Michielsens

    I read the book, and I read a lot of other books about F.N. I did not see her dark side. I hope there will be activities about her in 2020. She was born 200 years ago. It is a Florence Nightingale-year. I find conferences about the nurse, from a medical angle. Fine. But I miss the historical and feminist angle.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tracie Sneed

    Love to read a good book about an amazing woman--who had great vision and worked hard to make it happen.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Frances Johnson

    Interesting book about a person who accomplished much.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sæunn Þórisdóttir

    Mjög áhugaverð lesning um einstaka konu. Las bókina reyndar í gamalli Íslenskri þýðingu sem skýrir kannski að stjörnurnar eru aðeins þrjár.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Connie Hendricks

    Often my favorite reading is in the genre of biography or auto biography. This is a book about one of those people who made a significant difference in the world. The author presented her in a light that is usually not considered by those of us who think of Florence Nightingale as the ultimate healer. I was surprised by those negative characteristics that sometimes dominated her behavior and yet I admired her commitment, dedication, and sacrifice to what she held dear. Well worth reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rivka

    Direct, concise, and unembellished, this quick-read biography of Florence Nightingale was wonderful. Her merciful work in Scutari was a marvel, of course, but equally fascinating was the account of the obsessive drive that propelled her through decades and cost her health and the lives of her associates. She really was a phenomenal woman.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I love how this book was written. The author did a wonderful job of bringing Miss Nightingale to life, in a way the wasn't fanciful or only touching on her gifts and strengths, but also giving a glimpse at her struggles and weaknesses that are so human.

  13. 4 out of 5

    peter ashburner

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ipshita Sarmah

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emilie

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hiromi

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gena

  18. 4 out of 5

    Allison

  19. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Miller

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amber Milholland

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rinburevolution

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lyn Elliott

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christine

  25. 5 out of 5

    Corinna Lumbard

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deborah O’Neal

  28. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stefan

  30. 5 out of 5

    E.

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