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The Burning Lamp

by Frances Murray

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A book I love to re-read. The main character is a sensible, practical, hard working young woman who decides to enrol to train as a nurse at the Nightingale school of nurses.
She is also intelligent and forthright and at times knows a lot better than the trainee doctors on the ward where she is now a sister - which causes her problems.
Frances Murray manages to give a rich impression of the period and characters without bogging the reader down in detail. I very much admire her technique of interspersing a few notes between characters and on occasion the odd newspaper article, as an amusing and quick way to tell the reader about what happened next. ( )
  Jostaberry | Sep 5, 2017 |
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It is debatable whether Florence Nightingale had ever met a young woman quite like Phemie Witherspoon. Perhaps in the unremarkable but self-possessed scrap of a girl from Glascow she recognized something of her own redoubtable spirit. At all events, she accepted Phemie's reasons for leaving home and enrolled her to train as a nurse - one of the new breed who were to convert a degrading job of hospital nursing into a vocation.
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FROM DUST JACKET: It is debatable whether Florence Nightingale had ever met a young woman quite like Phemie Witherspoon. Perhaps in the unremarkable but self-possessed scrap of a girl from Glascow she recognized something of her own redoubtable spirit. At all events, she accepted Phemie's reasons for leaving home and enrolled her to train as a nurse - one of the new breed who were to convert a degrading job of hospital nursing into a vocation.

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