N is for Florence Nightingale – Statistician and Nurse
Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1910) had a gift for mathematics and pioneered new methods of graphical representation of data. Using these methods, she showed that poor sanitation was at the core of the high rates of death in India.
During the Crimean War, Florence improved sanitation, reducing the common mass infections, and significantly reducing death rates in the hospital where she worked. She advocated strongly for sanitary living.
Florence Nightingale used donated funds to start what is now the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery. She also wrote a book called Notes on Nursing (1859), which served as a strong basis for the curriculum of the school.
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