Red Cross

THE WOMAN WHO FOUNDED THE RED CROSS

The above picture shows Florence Nightingale at the ancient town of Scutari, opposite Constantinople, during the Crimean war. It was here and in the Crimea that this gentle Englishwoman laid the foundation for the systematic relief of the intense suffering that is a necessary part of war, and which later led to organized army hospitals and the associated work of the Red Cross. A highly educated and brilliantly accomplished woman, she early equipped herself as a trained nurse, and devoted her life to the alleviation of suffering and distress.