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The Florence Nightingale effect is a situation where a caregiver develops romantic feelings for their patient. Many often misunderstand the term to mean the opposite; that is, a patient falling in love with the caregiver as a result of interpreting an amiable bedside manner as affection.
See Florence_Nightingale_effect on Wikipedia, often confused with Nightingale syndrome (which is something else entirely).
by Walkman100 January 19, 2016
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Based off the "Nurse with the Lamp", Florence Nightingale was apparently an extremely adept nurse. While not technically a medical syndrome, Nightingale Syndrome is known to be used to describe the situation in which a patient falls in love with his/her medical caretaker due to the vague bond created when healed by a complete stranger.
Karyn fell for her surgeon, can you believe that? All he did was patch her up after a gunshot wound to the stomach. What a textbook case of Nightingale Syndrome.
by Marvin Wong. March 22, 2005
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