April 8, 2012

Clara Barton

Very, very good piece from the Washington Post by Melinda Henneberger on Clara Barton, the nurse who, during the Civil War repeatedly went where, literally, no man would dare to tread. She founded the Red Cross, and was all around amazing.

And suffered from depression, or, from reading this piece which quotes her own diary, probably bipolar disorder. Fascinating how she dealt with it.

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Anonymous jmd said...

We tend to think that depression and anxiety are signs of our modern times, but they have always been with us. The only difference is that we are more open in talking about it now. That story is incredible.

April 08, 2012 5:31 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

You're so right, Jane.

I was blown away. I'll never accomplish a fraction of what she did, but I could just tuck up into her reasoning and explanation of how she felt.

April 08, 2012 5:33 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

I marvel at her concern for the well-being of the human race. Most of what she thought about humanity are thoughts I have myself. And here I thought I was original. There are days I wonder how the race can possibly survive.

How lucky for so many that her "self medication" worked. Although I'll bet she never had bananas and smarties. An invention that had to wait another 100 years.

By the way... why do we care if robots read your blog? In MY household we have no prejudices against race, sex, creed, or method of assembly.

April 09, 2012 4:03 PM  
Blogger Nursedude said...

She was an amazing woman. To see/hear and deal with the horrors of war and still have enough belief in humanity to found the Red Cross. Amazing.

April 10, 2012 10:49 AM  

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