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Florence Nightingale at Home

Authors: Crawford, P., Greenwood, A., Bates, R., Memel, J.

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  • First book to explore the importance of the home to Florence Nightingale’s life and work
  • Contributes to the growing body of work on the theme and meaning of the ‘home’ in research across the humanities
  • Analyses primary source material not usually consulted, with access to a searchable, six million word collection of Nightingale’s correspondence and further unpublished archival material
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About this book

Homes can be both comforting and troubling places. This timely book proposes a new understanding of Florence Nightingale’s experiences of domestic life and how ideas of home influenced her writings and pioneering work. From her childhood homes in Derbyshire and Hampshire, she visited the poor sick in their cottages. As a young woman, feeling imprisoned at home, she broke free to become a woman of action, bringing home comforts to the soldiers in the Crimean War and advising the British population on the home front how to create healthier, contagion-free homes. Later, she created Nightingale Homes for nursing trainees and acted as mother-in-chief to her extended family of nurses. These efforts, inspired by her Christian faith and training in human care from religious houses, led to major changes in professional nursing and public health, as Nightingale strove for homely, compassionate care in Britain and around the world. Shedid most of this work from her bed after contracting the debilitating illness, brucellosis, in the Crimea, turning her various private homes into offices and ‘households of faith’. In the year of the bicentenary of her birth, she remains as relevant as ever, achieving an astonishing cultural afterlife.

About the authors

Paul Crawford is Professor of Health Humanities in the Faculty of Medicine and HealthSciences at the University of Nottingham, UK.
Anna Greenwood is Associate Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts at the Universityof Nottingham, UK.
Richard Bates is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the University ofNottingham, UK.
Jonathan Memel is Lecturer in English Literature in the School of Humanities at Bishop Grosseteste University, UK.

Reviews

“This is the most important study of Florence Nightingale’s life and work for a generation. Using newly available sources, the authors set her firmly within the political, cultural and spiritual life of Victorian Britain as someone who both transcended and reflected the roles traditionally available to women of her class.” (Professor Robert Dingwall, Nottingham Trent University, UK)

“This brilliant book deftly uses the device of ‘home’ to interrogate the life and achievements of Florence Nightingale. By doing so it brings a new interpretive lens on the role that ‘home’ played in her reform efforts and breathes new life into this ever fascinating nurse and cultural icon.” (Professor Anne-Marie Rafferty CBE, Royal College of Nursing, UK)

Florence Nightingale At Home is a remarkable achievement, and the authors are to be congratulated on so effectively locating Nightingale in the context of her time. This book is not only an invaluable source for historians of women, nursing, medicine, public health and Victorian Britain; it is also an elegant and absorbing ‘read’ for a more general audience.” (Professor Christine Hallett, University of Huddersfield, UK)

“This book is not only scholarly and accurate, but has excellent visuals and is wonderfully readable. The authors use the ‘home’ theme to present material from the Crimean War and press coverage of it, her faith and the pioneering research she did from her own home post-Crimea.” (Professor Lynn McDonald, University of Guelph, Canada)

“A fascinating insight into some of the most personal yet valuable areas of Nightingale’s life, this book will be a welcome addition to the library of any Nightingale enthusiast. The unique and timely focus of this book makes for a compelling read. It is a book marked by passion and dedication.” (David Green, Florence Nightingale Museum, UK)

“This highly original book is not a typical biography. It provides a fascinating insight and a renewed understanding of Florence Nightingale through her varying experiences of home. The authors effectively demonstrate how changing ideas of home continually shaped Nightingale’s attitudes and work, both in Britain and abroad.” (Dr. Vicky Holmes, Queen Mary University of London, UK)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Home Sweet Home?

    Pages 1-15

    Crawford, Paul (et al.)

  • Childhood Homes

    Pages 17-46

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  • Leaving Home

    Pages 47-78

    Crawford, Paul (et al.)

  • Health at Home

    Pages 79-107

    Crawford, Paul (et al.)

  • Homely Institutions

    Pages 109-142

    Crawford, Paul (et al.)

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-46534-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Softcover $27.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Florence Nightingale at Home
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-46534-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-46534-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-46533-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 263
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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