Intimate details of the life and background of this woman whose name has come to be synonymous with nursing are given in a sympathetic and enthusiastic review of her principal activities. As the author points out, Florence Nightingale, who lived to the age of 90, witnessed a period of great social evolution, and she herself was an important factor in the development of some of the new concepts.
After presenting data on the childhood and youth of Florence Nightingale, as well as her preliminary nursing training, the author gives a detailed report on the important part played by the "Heroine of the Crimea" during that two year war. There are two chapters devoted to this, followed by accounts of her services to various commissions and subcommissions studying army nursing and hospital problems, the founding of her nursing school, and her work for India. There is a chapter on the general