Volume 15 of the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, "Wars
and the War Office," picks up on the previous volume's recounting
of Nightingale's famous work during the Crimean War and the
comprehensive analysis she did on its high death rates. This volume
moves on to the implementation of the recommendations that emerged
from that research and to her work to reduce deaths in the next
wars, beginning with the American Civil War.
Nightingale's writings describe the creation of the Army Medical
School, the vast improvements made in the statistical tracking of
disease, and new measures for soldiers' welfare. Her role in the
formulation of the first Geneva Convention in 1864 is related,
along with her concern that voluntary relief efforts through the
Red Cross not make war "cheap."
Nightingale was decorated by both sides for her work in the
Franco-Prussian War. While much of her work concerned the mundane
sending out of supplies, we see also in her writing her emerging
interest in militarism as the cause of war. Her opposition to the
Afghan War (of her time) and her work to provide nursing for the
Egyptian campaigns, the Zulu War, and the start of the Boer War are
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