Rusteze wrote:That short contemporary testimony from the rank and file is, in my view, worth more than a barrow load of current opinion from authors seeking to push a particular line or increase book sales. Nightingale in the Crimea was a true heroine, not just in the eyes of the public, but also the poor wretches she tried to help at the time.
Rusteze wrote:I agree with you Frogsmile that Nightingale demonstrated real strengths beyond those of direct nursing and you may well be right that her own groundbreaking work in statistics and administration later led her to realise earlier mistakes. I think that is to be aplauded. But it should also be remembered that the esteem in which we hold nurses today (most of the time !) is also largely down to the training and attitudes developed by her. There was no "traditional sense" of nursing before her time. I understand people wanting to take a middle path in all this, but come on - the question in the title is heroine or not. I stick to my view.
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