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September 2020

September 16, 2020

Previously unpublished letters reveal Florence Nightingale’s father’s influence on her nursing approach. 

The “Lady with the Lamp” and pioneer of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale was herself encouraged to exercise regularly and take fresh air as part of a strict family regime. A letter from her father, William Nightingale has been unearthed, instructing his daughter to exercise for ten minutes before breakfast and for a further 20 minutes later in the day. The letter also insisted that she should spend an hour outdoors every day before dinner.

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