Florence Nightingale: The passionate statistician

She pioneered the use of applied statistics to develop policy and developed novel ways of displaying them.

By Julie Rehmeyer, 14:30 PM November 26, 2008

When Florence Nightingale arrived at a British hospital in Turkey during the Crimean War, she found a nightmare of misery and chaos. Men lay crowded next to each other in endless corridors. The air reeked from the cesspool that lay just beneath the hospital floor. There was little food and fewer basic supplies.

By the time Nightingale left Turkey after the war ended in July 1856, the hospitals were well-run and efficient, with mortality rates no greater than civilian hospitals in Eng...

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