The Lady with the Lamp visits Magee College

A new exhibition has been unveiled in Magee to mark the 150th anniversary of a visit by the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.

Known widely throughout her lifetime as a proponent of nursing care reform and an outspoken promoter of the value of women to the healthcare community, Florence was also an accomplished statistician. Her innovative use of graphical data to show the scale of hospital-borne infection in the Crimean war was the principal influence on government reform of primary health care, in particular the design and administration of hospitals.

Diagram of the causes of mortality in the army reproduced under licence by Wellcome Images (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/wellcomeimages/12795089054/in/photostream/
Diagram of the causes of mortality in the army reproduced under licence by Wellcome Images (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/wellcomeimages/12795089054/in/photostream/

Florence Nightingale’s signature in Magee College Visitor’s Book is testament to Magee’s position at the heart of 19th Century society. The book is on special loan from PRONI and can be viewed in the Main Entrance Reception area (Block MD) until Thursday 1st June.

This exhibition is curated by the Library.

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