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Mary Seacole: The Charismatic Black Nurse Who Became a Heroine of the Crimea

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Mary Seacole: The Charismatic Black Nurse Who Became a Heroine of the Crimea

by Jane Robinson

About this title: The 'Greatest Black Briton in History' triumphed over the Crimea and Victorian England. "The Times" called her a heroine, Florence Nightingale called her a brothel-keeping quack, and Queen Victoria's nephew called her, simply, 'Mammy' - Mary Seacole was one of the most eccentric and charismatic women of her era. Born at her mother's hotel in Jamaica in 1805, she became an independent 'doctress' combining the herbal remedies of her African ancestry with sound surgical techniques. On the outbreak of the Crimean War, she ... read more

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