Born to a wealthy family, Florence Nightingale rebelled against her parents and grabbed every opportunity to train as a nurse, physician and author Victoria Sweet writes. Nightingale made vital contributions to health care, from founding the first real nursing school to contributing to most of England's health-related legislation over a period of 50 years. Many of these achievements are taken for granted but still applicable today, Sweet writes. Nightingale believed that health care was not a business but a calling, Sweet writes.

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