Beyond Nightingale

Nursing on the Crimean War battlefields

By Carol Helmstadter

Beyond Nightingale


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4051-7
  • Pages: 360
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: November 2019
  • BIC Category: MEDICAL / History, HISTORY / General, Crimean War, Humanities / Military history, Medicine / History of medicine, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Modern History, History of Medicine, History
  • Series: Nursing History and Humanities


Beyond Nightingale is the first book to explore the inception of modern nursing from a transnational perspective, studying the development of the new military nursing in the five Crimean War armies. The story is told within the broader context of the different political, social and economic cultures from which modern nursing arose. Although the Russians were battling industrialised armies with their pre-industrial, agrarian economy it was they who developed the most innovative system of nursing. The book illustrates the barriers, some of which still exist today, which nurses had to overcome to gain recognition of the crucial role they played in the war. The significant contributions allied and Russian nurses made working directly under fire during the Russians' brilliant defence of Sevastopol make a wonderfully exciting story during which these mid-nineteenth century nurses proved their extraordinary competencies.


'As with all Helmstadter's work, this book is written in accessible language but is supported by exemplary scholarship and has much to recommend it to those interested in this subject.'
The UK Association for the History of Nursing



1 The Wider Context of Military Nursing in 1854

Section I: Government imposed nursing

2 British Military Nursing in 1854
3 Nightingale's Nursing Team

Section II: Sisterhood nursing

4 Mother Francis Bridgeman and her Nursing System
5 Mother Mary Clare Moore and the Anglican Sisters
6 The Daughters of Charity in the French Hospitals
7 The Daughters and Catastrophe in the French Medical Department

Section III: Doctor directed nursing

8 Ottoman Nursing Contrasted with Nursing in the Naval Hospital in Therapia
9 Nursing in the British Civilian Hospitals in Smyrna and Renkioi
10 The Russian Sisters of the Exaltation of the Cross
11 The Russian Sisters under Severe Pressure



Carol Helmstadter is a retired neurosurgical nurse who holds degrees in both history and nursing. She was Government Relations Officer for Ontario Nurses Association and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Graduate Department of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto

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