Notes on Hospitals: being two papers read before the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science, at Liverpool, in October 1858. With evidence given to the Royal Commissioners of the state of the army in 1857.
London: John W. Parker and Son,1859
8vo, pp. (vii), 108, + 8 pages of advertisements at the end, folding letterpress table and 4 folding plates of hospital plans. With the half-title and the final advertisements. Old library stamp on title and a few other pages and the backs of the plates, paper very slightly browned in the margins. Original dark brown cloth (spine and corners neatly repaired), a very good copy.
FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM. “Based on Nightingale’s extensive knowledge of English and Continental hospitals, the work was the most exhaustive study to date of hospital planning and administration. She blamed the majority of hospital deaths on overcrowding, lack of light and ventilation, and the collection of large numbers of the sick under one roof” (Norman). “The little book, revolutionary in character, set the seal on Miss Nightingale’s authority on the subject of hospitals, and gave a new direction to their construction” (Bishop & Goldie). It was made up of two papers read before the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science and three articles reprinted from The Builder. G&M 1611. Bishop & Goldie, Bio-bibliography, 100 (iii). Norman catalogue 1599.