Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not (Dover Books on Biology)

by Florence Nightingale

Paperback, 1969



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RT40 .N5


Dover Publications (1969), Edition: 1, 160 pages


Outspoken writings by the founder of modern nursing record fundamentals in the needs of the sick that must be provided in all nursing. Covers such timeless topics as ventilation, noise, food, bed and bedding, light, cleanliness, and observation of the sick. "Still the finest book on nursing." -- Co-Evolution Quarterly.

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LibraryThing member VivienneR
The 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth was celebrated on May 12, 2020. She was an amazing woman deserving of all the praise given. Among her advice for standard nursing care concerned with cleanliness and fresh air, are some interesting nuggets, such as: "Always sit within the patient's view, so that when you speak he has not to turn his head round in order to look at you." While most notes are common sense today, the Victorian sickroom was usually dark, stuffy, and fetid. Thankfully, our homes and hospitals are more hygienic than those of Nightingale's time and the swish of crinolines rarely keep a patient awake nowadays. It's an interesting look back at nursing and how it evolved especially when it is front page news at present.… (more)
LibraryThing member lisahistory
Interestingly written, deceptively impersonal, Nightingale's book not only takes on the prevailing "wisdom" about care for the sick, but gives advice that is extremely pertinent today. Open those windows!


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160 p.; 5.5 inches




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