Vol. 1 No. 1 (2022): nursing r-evolution
Articles

At the origin of modern nursing: Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) versus Ellen Gould White (1827-1915)

Francesco Baldanzi
Department of History, Archaeology, Geography, Art and Performance, University of Florence, Italy
Donatella Lippi
Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, University of Florence, Italy

Published 2022-06-29

Keywords

  • History of nursing,
  • Ellen Gould White,
  • Florence Nightingale,
  • spiritualism,
  • healthcare,
  • history of hygiene
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Abstract

Aim of this short article is to put in light the connections between the similarities and differences between the theories of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) and those of Ellen Gould White (1827-1915): the first is known around the world because she is considered the founder of modern nursing.
Ellen Gould White, on the other hand, is especially familiar within the Seventh-day Adventist Church, of which she was a prominent member.
These two women never met or corresponded with one another, yet their writings about health have strong similarities.

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