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Legacies of the Crimean War, 1854


Legacies of the Crimean War, 1854

We are most grateful to Dr. Joy Copland for her presentation about the Crimean War (and Florence Nightingale) given to the Society in May, 2014, and for allowing it to be presented here.

Joy Copland MSc(Virology), MPH: Population Health Analyst, Epidemiologist, Medical Scientist
A Science graduate, Joy worked as a Medical Scientist for ten years at the then IMVS laboratories, where she specialised in viruses. In 1996, she accepted a public health position in state-wide disease surveillance at SA Health, where she also honed skills in education, reporting and website coordination. After some years managing the Disease Surveillance & Investigation, she worked as the Senior Population Health Analyst with a focus on State Public Health reporting, Antibiotic Utilisation Surveillance and Communicable Disease Control reporting systems.
In retirement, she tutors part-time in Quantitative Research Methods, School of Social Health Sciences, Flinders University.

Legacies of the Crimean War 1854
The first half of this presentation focuses on the location and events in the Crimean War, the nature and relationship of the health services to the theatre of war, and data collection. The second half reminds and informs the audience of non-nursing qualities of Florence Nightingale that helped change health systems across the world. Some of these lesser known strengths include academic skills, strategic insight and data presentation, which remain relevant to today.

Two particular parts of her presentation are the 'Flower'/Wedges charts first published in black and white in 1858, showing the monthly battle and non-battle (zymotic) mortalities in the Army in the East from April 1854 to March 1855. The "projection" showing the mortalities of the charge of the Light Brigade are of interest. Finally the unique illustrations of the conditions and surrounds are peerless. The appropriate references are attached.

Crimea Legacies.pdf [1.4 MB]