At the far end from the main entrance is a chapel, convenient for helping 'medicine' (such as it was) along or for providing appropriate rites where 'medicine' failed.
I gather it was a major innovation at the time of its building.
For one, there was the provision of art, to help alleviate suffering.
Also, the nursing sisters were given special training.
The hospital was referred to as "The Palace for the Poor".
However, it was terribly over-crowded. Shortage of hospital beds is a perennial problem for the NHS, but nothing like I remember reading in The Seven Ages of Paris even before we went to France.
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fires for heating, another major innovation.
I remember reading that part out to Bill, but I can't for the life of me find it again, or the bit I'd swear I saw on their website. Anyhow, the story goes that Louis XV visited the hospital and was shocked to see female patients and male patients sharing beds.
He demanded that separate beds be provided for each gender.
Theoretically, two men could still share but never mind, he did give a generous amount of money to keep the place going.
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word 'seule', meaning 'only'.
Consequently there is a room named for him and some of the wine sold under the Hospice label also bears his name.