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Early life Embley Park in Hampshire, now a school, was one of the family homes of William Nightingale. Florence Nightingale was born on 12 May into a rich, upper-class, well-connected British family at the Villa Colombaia,  in FlorenceTuscanyItaly, and was named after the city of her birth.
She recorded that "Clarkey" was a stimulating hostess who did not care for her appearance, and while her ideas did not always agree with those of her guests, "she was incapable of boring anyone.
She said that if given the choice between being a woman or a galley slave, then she would choose the freedom of the galleys. She generally rejected female company and spent her time with male intellectuals. However, Clarkey made an exception in the case of the Nightingale family and Florence in particular.
She and Florence were to remain close friends for 40 years despite their year age difference. Clarke demonstrated that women could be equals to men, an idea that Florence had not obtained from her mother. Despite the intense anger and distress of her mother and sister, she rebelled against the expected role for a woman of her status to become a wife and mother.
Nightingale worked hard to educate herself in the art and science of nursing, in the face of opposition from her family and the restrictive A brief biography of florence nightingale code for affluent young English women.
While her demeanour was often severe, she was said to be very charming and possess a radiant smile. Her most persistent suitor was the politician and poet Richard Monckton Milnesbut after a nine-year courtship she rejected him, convinced that marriage would interfere with her ability to follow her calling to nursing.
He and Nightingale became lifelong close friends. Nightingale also much later had strong relations with academic Benjamin Jowettwho may have wanted to marry her.
Her writings on Egypt in particular are testimony to her learning, literary skill and philosophy of life. Sailing up the Nile as far as Abu Simbel in Januaryshe wrote of the Abu Simbel temples"Sublime in the highest style of intellectual beauty, intellect without effort, without suffering … not a feature is correct—but the whole effect is more expressive of spiritual grandeur than anything I could have imagined.
It makes the impression upon one that thousands of voices do, uniting in one unanimous simultaneous feeling of enthusiasm or emotion, which is said to overcome the strongest man. She regarded the experience as a turning point in her life, and issued her findings anonymously in ; The Institution of Kaiserswerth on the Rhine, for the Practical Training of Deaconesses, etc.
On 21 Octobershe and the staff of 38 women volunteer nurses that she trained, including her aunt Mai Smith,  and 15 Catholic nuns mobilised by Henry Edward Manning  were sent under the authorisation of Sidney Herbert to the Ottoman Empire.
Nightingale was assisted in Paris by her friend Mary Clarke. Her team found that poor care for wounded soldiers was being delivered by overworked medical staff in the face of official indifference.
Medicines were in short supply, hygiene was being neglected, and mass infections were common, many of them fatal. There was no equipment to process food for the patients. During her first winter at Scutari, 4, soldiers died there. Ten times more soldiers died from illnesses such as typhustyphoidcholera and dysentery than from battle wounds.
With overcrowding, defective sewers and lack of ventilation, the Sanitary Commission had to be sent out by the British government to Scutari in Marchalmost six months after Nightingale had arrived.
The commission flushed out the sewers and improved ventilation. Nightingale scholar Lynn McDonald has dismissed these criticisms as "often preposterous", arguing they are not supported by the primary sources.
After she returned to Britain and began collecting evidence before the Royal Commission on the Health of the Army, she came to believe that most of the soldiers at the hospital were killed by poor living conditions.
This experience influenced her later career, when she advocated sanitary living conditions as of great importance. Consequently, she reduced peacetime deaths in the army and turned her attention to the sanitary design of hospitals and the introduction of sanitation in working-class homes see Statistics and Sanitary Reform, below.A short biography of Florence Nightingale.
Florence was born in Italy and named after the city of her birth. But her father, William, was a rich British banker. When her family moved back to England in , Florence grew up in the family homes in Hampshire and Derbyshire.
Florence’s family expected her to follow the path of other middle. In the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale all the surviving writing of Florence Nightingale will be published, much of it for the first time. Known as the heroine of the Crimean War and the major founder of the modern profession of nursing, Florence Nightingale () will be revealed also as a scholar, theorist and social reformer of.
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She aspired to serve others, in particular, she wanted to become a nurse. Her parents were opposed to her aspirations – at that time, nursing was not seen as an attractive or ‘respectable’ profession.