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Australia’s ‘ABC Online’ highlights what few of us knew about Florence Nightingale; that she was a statistician more than a nurse.

“Upon arriving at the British military hospital in Turkey in 1856, Nightingale was horrified at the hospital’s conditions and a lack of clear hospital records.

Even the number of deaths was not recorded accurately. She soon discovered three different death registers existed, each giving a completely different account of the deaths among the soldiers. Using her statistical