This is the first biography of Florence Nightingale, primarily dedicated to her deeds during the Crimean War. Readers get to know a lot about Nightingale's hard work and effort to introduce sanitation in the barracks of wounded soldiers, her efforts to reform medicine in Britain, her motivation and beliefs. Matheson gives a complete account of Nightingale's life from her childhood to the last years. A reader gets insights into her education, acquaintances, service at the Crimean War (including the account of the most important events and the role Florence Nightingale played), her fight for sanitation in barracks, and finally, her victory of prejudice. A fascinating piece about the establishment of modern medicine is described through a person's life.