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    Nightingale's Pioneering Monograph on the Nursing Profession

    Florence Nightingale. Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not. London: Harrison, [1860].

    First edition, third issue with advertisements on the endpapers and "The right of Translation is reserved" on the title page. Octavo. 79 pages.

    Publisher's original limp pebbled black cloth tooled in blind with gilt titles on the front cover. Minor wear to the binding, especially along the bottom edge, with a small one-inch tear along the center of the spine. Previous owner's signature dated 1860 on the title page. Inner hinges starting. A very good copy of a seminal work on nursing.

    "Florence Nightingale's 79-page monograph reflects the intelligence, efficiency, and administrative talent of the woman who inaugurated the professional training of nurses in England and, indirectly, in the United States... The need for radical reform in the care of the sick was made evident to Miss Nightingale... through service in the barracks hospital in Scutari during the Crimean War. So effectively did she cut through ancient regulations in establishing a clean and efficiently run army hospital that, on her return to England, she was asked to establish a training school for nurses... Notes on Nursing was written with simplicity and direct common sense, enlivened by occasional sharp wit... Notes on Nursing is one of the seminal books of the modern world" (Lilly, 215).

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