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  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Lt. Gen. Fife requesting a meeting with him

    Nightingale was concerned with the possibility that the Public Works will lose funds and that the poorest, with no voice, wwould suffer without adequate water and irrigation. She requested a meeting with Lt. Gen. Fife, asking if he would do so the following Monday at 5pm, as she was unable to reschedule other events on her calendar.

  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr. W. Gill Wylie about the role and significance of nurses

    In this letter to Dr. W. Gill Wylie, Florence Nightingale speaks at length of the role that nurses play in the medical care of patients. She makes a point of saying that nurses are there to carry out the orders of doctors and surgeons; that they are not medical men nor medical women. She also states that it is her belief that nurses should be under the direction of a Matron, one who was very familiar with nurses and their management, as well as nursing procedures. Nightingale felt it was not …

  • Florence Nightingale Collection

    This collection consists primarily of letters written by Florence Nightingale throughout her life. Major topics of the letters include medical care for the soldiers and the poor, the role of nursing, and sanitation and public works in colonized India. These digitized items are part of a larger collection in the Wayne State University Library Special Collections, which contains more correspondence, books, and other items.