Medicine: The Knowing Age

Most modern nurses start training for their careers at 18, but it was not always so: the mother of the nursing sisterhood thought 18 much too young. In a letter published for the first time in the current British Medical Journal, Florence Nightingale gave some advice on the question.

"My dear Sir," wrote Nurse Nightingale to a friend in 1887, "your account of the young lady of 18 who wished to devote herself as a Nurse is so very interesting. But have you thought whether 18 is not too young, both physically and morally? There...

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