Florence Nightingale

FN in her Later Years

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FN lore has it that in old age Florence Nightingale had her own "nurse." Each night the "nurse" would tuck Miss Nightingale into her bed and retire herself. Then Miss Nightingale would rise and go tuck in the "nurse." She remained intelligent and focused. She even wrote very serious papers in her 80s, giving lie to the "sexist" rumor of her dying of syphilis -- she showed no mental dementia ever.

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