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Still Waters

Florence Nightingale guided by father advice

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Still Waters

She was the 19th-century pioneer of modern nursing, dubbed the “lady with the lamp” for her continuous care of wounded soldiers in the Crimean war. In an earlier age of contagion, she was far ahead of her time in realising that cleanliness, fresh air and open-air exercise helped patients recover from injury and disease.

Now a previously unpublished letter that Florence Nightingale received as a teenager from her father reveals that he was a major inspiration in shaping her radical approach to a healthy mind and body.

In 1835, William Nightingale wrote to his daughter setting out a strict regime for keeping fit:

The same letter reveals that he was just as disciplined about other aspects of his daughter’s conduct and wellbeing:


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