A DOCUMENT SIGNED BY FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH HER NURSING & SANITATION WORK IN INDIA IN 1867
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE (1820-1910) SIGNED DOCUMENT, "F. Nightingale, 19/8/67", 1 pg., 12.75 x 8, addressed to The Honorable R. S. Ellis, CB, President Sanitary Commission, Madras, India, marked "Private", with several postal stamps, and noted "via Marseilles & Bombay" (probably some form of transmittal form). Nightingale was a social reformer, statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. Her social reforms included improving healthcare for all sections of British society and advocating better hunger care in India. At the date of this signed document she had turned her attention to the health of the British Army in India and demonstrated that bad drainage, contaminated water, overcrowding and poor ventilation were causing a high death rate. She concluded that the health of the army and the people of India had to go hand in hand and so campaigned to improve the sanitary conditions of the country as a whole. Her statistical study of sanitation in Indian rural life led to the introduction of improved medical care and public health service in India. She has boldly signed and dated this document that is associated with one of her major social reforms of improving health care in India. Comes with a vintage 1872 engraved portrait. Both items are in fine condition, with some age toning, minor spotting, creases and fold lines.