The work of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole (drama)
Charles Dickens presents a topical chat show about changes to healthcare and medical science during Victorian times. We meet Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole who talk about their similarities and differences. We explore what each of them did to help soldiers during the war. We also find out about the background of these inspirational women and how their bravery saved many lives. Mary Seacole, equipped with healing knowledge from her Jamaican mother, travelled alone to nurse soldiers on the battlefield and set up a rest home for soldiers in the Crimea. Florence Nightingale set up and ran a hospital in Scutari, organising teams of nurses and making significant improvements to hospital care.