NIGHTINGALE, Florence Notes on Nursing. What It Is, And What It Is Not. Harrison, n.d. .
8vo. Original blind-stamped limp olive cloth, lettered in gilt to upper cover, sometime rebacked, yellow endpapers with advertisements; pp. 79 + ; very good.
First edition, second issue with 'Rights of translation' notice to title page.. Regarded as a national heroine for her work during the Crimean War, on her return to England Florence Nightingale began work on the large scale reform of the nursing and hospitals. This involved the professionalisation of nursing and the promotion of standards of sanitation in hospitals. In the present title Nightingale set out the importance of warmth, ventilation, sunlight and a clean and calm environment to the restoration of health. It was the first real textbook for nurses and, although she published over 200 books and pamphlets, it remains her best known and most influential work.
Bishop & Goldie pp. 15-18.