Florence Nightingale

Florence and Parthenope

Florence sitting doing worsted work seems to be wearing a brace on her hand and wrist. This supports the rumor and theory of lead poisoning, its main symptom being "drop wrist" or weakness in the wrists. She speaks of weak hands in her curriculum vitae for Kaiserwerth Hospital.

"Flo and Peggy Going Abroad," a watercolor of Florence and her horse by her friend Joanna Hilary Bonham Carter.

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