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Florence Nightingale shown as a nurse in Crimea with her famous lamp. The statue stands on Waterloo Place, and is by Arthur George Walker.

Florence Nightingale shown as a nurse in Crimea with her famous lamp. The statue stands on Waterloo Place, and is by Arthur George Walker.

"From 1857 onwards, Nightingale was intermittently bedridden and suffered from depression. A recent biography cites brucellosis and associated spondylitis as the cause" from Florence Nightingale, the Woman and her Legend, by Mark Bostridge (Viking, 2008) via Wikipedia (But her May 12th birthday is reason for CFS Awareness Day?)

"From 1857 onwards, Nightingale was intermittently bedridden and suffered from depression. A recent biography cites brucellosis and associated spondylitis as the cause" from Florence Nightingale, the Woman and her Legend, by Mark Bostridge (Viking, 2008) via Wikipedia (But her May 12th birthday is reason for CFS Awareness Day?)

Florence Nightingale, born May 12, 1820, was the leading advocate in her day for improved medical care in hospitals, infirmaries and battlefields. Florence Nightingale is remembered for her contributions resulting in creation of a highly regarded and respected nursing profession.

Florence Nightingale, born May 12, 1820, was the leading advocate in her day for improved medical care in hospitals, infirmaries and battlefields. Florence Nightingale is remembered for her contributions resulting in creation of a highly regarded and respected nursing profession.

The aftermath of a bombing at a hospital in November, 1940 (Frank Rust / Daily Mail / Rex Features)

The courage and the compassion: A remarkable new book reveals the gruelling work faced by nurses during World War Two

The aftermath of a bombing at a hospital in November, 1940 (Frank Rust / Daily Mail / Rex Features)

Unidentified Nurse circa 1914. She wears the badge and armband for the "Queen's District Nursing Service" ~

Unidentified Nurse circa 1914. She wears the badge and armband for the "Queen's District Nursing Service" ~

Susie Baker King Taylor was the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia.

Susie Baker King Taylor was the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia.

Queen Mary (1867-1953) with her daughter Princess Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (1897-1965), who is wearing a Red Cross nurse's uniform

Queen Mary (1867-1953) with her daughter Princess Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (1897-1965), who is wearing a Red Cross nurse's uniform

Louisa May Alcott, nurse during the Civil War and well known author, wrote "Little Women"

Louisa May Alcott, nurse during the Civil War and well known author, wrote "Little Women"

"The Angels of Bataan and Corregidor" also known as "The Battling Belles of Bataan": US Military Nurses held captive during WWII. (Source: http://wikipedia.org.wiki/Angels_of_Bataan) #NationalNursesWeek2012

"The Angels of Bataan and Corregidor" also known as "The Battling Belles of Bataan": US Military Nurses held captive during WWII. (Source: http://wikipedia.org.wiki/Angels_of_Bataan) #NationalNursesWeek2012

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