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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Lady with the Lamp

"The Lady with the Lamp" is a name applied to Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), a nurse who devoted her life to caring for and about her patients. The sobriquet is from an article about Nightingale's work in Crimea, which appeared in the British newspaper, The Times.
She is a "ministering angel" without any exaggeration in these hospitals, and as her slender form glides quietly along each corridor, every poor fellow's face softens with gratitude at the sight of her. When all the medical officers have retired for the night and silence and darkness have settled down upon those miles of prostrate sick, she may be observed alone, with a little lamp in her hand, making her solitary rounds.
This rather romantic representation of Nightingale is from an 1891 painting by Henrietta Rae.

Image courtesy Wellcome Collection.

Nightingale's birthday anniversary was on May 12, and a very interesting article about her love for statistics and record-keeping, was published with the title, "Florence Nightingale Was Born 197 Years Ago, and Her Infographics Were Better Than Most of the Internet’s." You can read it, and see what was probably one of the world's first "infographics," by clicking here.

We have many juvenile and teen biographies on Florence Nightingale, as well as the adult biography, Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale by Gillian Gill [B NIG].

Learn more about infographics in Infographics: The Power of Visual Storytelling by Jason Lankow [302.23 LAN].

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