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The War Office is a very slow office, an enormously expensive office, and one in which the Minister's intentions can be entirely negated by all his sub-departments, and those of each of the sub-departments by every other.

 
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First woman to receive the British Order of Merit. For a man to so criticize the War Office would have been very “cheeky” at the time, but for a woman to do so was unheard of. Her characterization of bureaucracy, in a cabinet level department is as good a description of bureaucracy as any since. See {614056} for her castigation of the chief bureaucrat.
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Florence Nightingale, 1820-1910, English Nurse Description of the War Office, ]

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Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale
  • Born: May 12, 1820
  • Died: August 13, 1910
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Activist

Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC, DStJ was an English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.

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