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Florence Nightingale

12 May 1820 - 13 August 1910

Nurse, campaigner, writer and pioneer of the use of statistics.

 

It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a Hospital that it should do the sick no harm.

 

Women never have a half-hour in all their lives (excepting before or after anybody is up in the house) that they can call their own, without fear of offending or of hurting someone.

1852

 

I can stand out the war with any man.

 

No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this -- 'devoted and obedient.' This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse. It would not do for a policeman.

 

I think one's feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results.

 

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