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Health - Florence Nightingale - Story
« on: May 09, 2016, 09:41:37 PM »
In 1854 Florence NightingaleWiki was asked to go to Turkey to manage the nursing of British soldiers wounded in the Crimean WarWiki (1854 - 56). She travelled to Scutari (the location where the wounded and ill soldiers of the Crimean War were taken) to help the wounded soldiers.

She found the hospital conditions to be in a very poor state. Many of the wounded were unwashed and were sleeping in overcrowded, dirty rooms without blankets or decent food. The patients ate bread that was mouldy-green, and meat 'more like leather', Florence said. Without good food, sick men could not get better. Without clean bandages, clean beds and clean water, many died from diseases. In these conditions diseases such as typhusWiki, choleraWiki and dysenteryWiki spread quickly. As a result, the death rate amongst wounded soldiers was very high. Most soldiers died from infections and disease. (Only one in six died from their war wounds; the other five in six died from infections and disease.)

Florence and her nurses changed these conditions. They set up a kitchen, fed the wounded from their own supplies, dug latrines for sanitation, and asked for help from the wives of the wounded. They were then able to properly care for the ill and wounded and the death rate among the soldiers dropped.


Florence was very dedicated to her job. She would often visit the soldiers at night when every one was asleep just to make sure they were ok. She was then referred to as “The Lady of the Lamp” because she hardly took time off to sleep. Florence became a true hero to the soldiers and everyone back home in England.

Nowadays we have much better health and less disease, because we have the National Health ServiceWiki (NHS) in the UK. This means everyone can get help from a doctor or nurse when they are ill, whether they are rich or poor.
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