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Although she returns to England second only to Queen Victoria in popularity, she knows she has contracted brucellosis, a disease prevalent in the war hospital, and quarantines herself to a room in a hotel. From this room, at the Queen’s request, she establishes the Royal Commission on the Health of the Army, hand writing its over 1000-page report, complete with detailed statistics. Initially, her work leads to an overhaul of army medical care, an Army Medical School, and a system of army medical records.

Later she also provides, from her extensive knowledge, information on medical tourism for the poor. Spas and treatments she has found in Turkey are far less expensive than those in Switzerland.

Ever selfless, she begins reaping from her popularity the funds to establish scholarships, nurse training schools, and hospitals. By age 50, she is a published author of medical texts.

Her influence extends even to the United States during its Civil War and in her 60’s, she mentors an American nurse, training her to return home and establish nursing schools there.

She has the equivalent of $4,500,000 (current value) at her disposal and she puts it to good use. The list of hospitals and medical learning institutions that owe their existence to, or are named after, your daughter grows longer, annually. Working with Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, she even establishes the Women’s Medical College.

By the time she is 70, some of her nursing students are heads of nursing in leading hospitals of the day. Among her many worldwide honors is the Royal Red Cross and she becomes the first woman awarded the Order of Merit.

Who is your famous daughter?

Answer: Florence Nightingale, The beloved “Lady with the Lamp”, granddaughter of the abolitionist William Smith, founder and/or namesake for hospitals and medical schools worldwide, author of many books including Suggestions for Thought and Notes on Nursing (still in print), member of the Royal Statistical Society, honorary member of the American Statistical Society, winner of the Royal Red Cross and the Order of Merit, developer of the “Nightingale rose” and the “coxcomb” statistical diagrams, and home scholar.

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  1. Beth Stauffer:

    Florence Nightingale