Saturday, May 12, 2007

On May 12, ...

... 1820, Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy, the city whose name her English parents gave her. She and her family eventually returned to England, where she received considerable education, not only in the French, Italian, and German languages, but also in caring for the sick. At age 34, Nightingale sailed with a staff of 34 other nurses to the battlefields where England was engaged in bloody conflict against Russia. Her indefatigable service during the Crimean War led her to be called "Angel of the Crimea," "Lady with the Lamp," and "Queen of the Nurses." Her birthdate is celebrated as International Nurses Day -- a date to consider when reading today's post by Lakshmi Bai [IntLawGrrl Jaya Ramji-Nogales].

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