Black Nightingale

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About the author:
Julia Buss is author of Your Care Plan, a nurse's guide to healthy living, and co-author of Flying the Edge of America, the trip of a lifetime. She is a registered nurse, who also graduated from Brown University with a degree in English and American literature. Julia blogs about health and diet at She is married, and lives in California.

Black Nightingale

Mary Seacole, hero of the Crimean War

Authored by Julia Buss

Mary Seacole was a real hero of the Crimean War, a self-proclaimed "doctoress" and contemporary of Florence Nightingale. She was a black Jamaican woman who risked her life to help sick and dying soldiers at the battlefront. This tale imagines her experiences as she faces impossible challenges, grapples with the flaws of human nature, and copes with death and loss. The Crimean War was the first war of the industrial era. Its armies, unadjusted to modern warfare, pitted Russian muskets against French rifles. For the first time in history, telegraph sent speedy press reports to newspapers, and war photography showed pictures of the horror to the public at home. In this war, Mary Seacole confronted killing on an industrial scale, as well as thousands of deaths from infectious disease, when little was available to treat the dying.

Publication Date:
1463754086 / 9781463754082
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Historical / General

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