May 12 is celebrated as International Nurses’ Day. Generally, the day is so celebrated because it is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Inasmuch as it is a good gesture, at this time of year I do get a bit perplexed as I reflect on the life of our own Mary Seacole, who was affectionately named the “Nightingale of Jamaica” by Crimean soldiers. She was so named because of her stellar contribution to health care during the Crimean war. 

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