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Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
Florence Nightingale received an unusually broad classical education from her wealthy father, but was confined to studying the social and health conditions of the day rather than putting her ideas into practice. Nursing was not then considered a respectable occupation for a young lady.

The Crimean War finally gave her the opportunity to demonstrate how trained nurses, proper hygiene and efficient organization could transform healthcare. She went on to instigate important reforms in the British Army and set up the Nightingale School of Nurses, which sent trained nurses around Britain and the world.

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