Statistics & Evidence Based Healthcare

‘Mortality of the British Army, at Home at Home and Abroad, and During the Russian War as Compared with the Civil Population in England’ by Florence Nightingale, 1858

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In addition to her famous rose or ‘coxcomb’ diagram, Nightingale produced numerous other statistical graphs and charts as part of her publication ‘Mortality of the British Army, at Home at Home and Abroad, and During the Russian War as Compared with the Civil Population in England’. This included her ‘batwing’ diagram illustrating the Sanitary Commission’s positive impact on reducing death rates once they arrived in the Crimea as well as her ‘honeycomb’ chart comparing military and civilian population density. Nightingale understood the importance of imagery to convey data and used these graphs to campaign for better hygiene and healthcare standards for soldiers.

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Nightingale is respected worldwide for her pioneering role in developing the nursing profession, her statistical work, and her evidence-based approach to healthcare. In honour of her bicentenary the World Health Organisation have named 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

In our special exhibition, you will find out about objects, people and places which tell interesting stories about Florence’s life and legacy. You’ll discover artefacts from her life, people she both inspired and challenged, and places she helped to shape. There’s many more insights too!

Please click on the different sections of her famous coxcomb diagram to explore various aspects of her life and legacy. We hope you enjoy exploring!