Sunday, October 21, 2012

On October 21

On this day in ...
... 1854, amid reports that wounded British service members were suffering mightily in the war ranging in the Crimea, Florence Nightingale and a few dozen nurses set sail to care for them. They arrived on November 4, and endeavored to improve conditions at the military hospital at Scutari, now know as Üsküdar, a district in Istanbul, Turkey. Their efforts won praise (prior post), and Nightingale (right) is considered "a founder of modern nursing." (credit for circa-1850s photo)

(Prior October 21 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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