May 31st, 2012 by John Carey
First published in 1859, Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not has long guided nurses in the practice of treating others. Two years later, the nursing pioneer published another foundational text, Notes on Nursing for the Labouring Classes. Following upon the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingales’ passing in 1910, the Springer Publishing Co. has brought these works together in the recently published Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing & Notes on Nursing for the Labouring Classes: Commemorative Edition with Historical Commentary, now available at the Hunter Health Professions Library.
Bound in faux red leather with gold foil stamping and decorative ribbon, the commemorative edition includes the unabridged 1860 “Library Standard” edition of Notes on Nursing, the 1868 edition of Labouring Classes, and additional manuscripts written by Nightingale in 1875 that she was never able to publish–thus providing today’s readers with the nearest possible complete, unexpurgated versions of these seminal works. The editor, Dr. Victor Skretkowicz, describes the history of variant versions of the texts and provides commentary and annotations.
The commemorative edition is available on reserve loan at the Health Professions Library circulation desk.