Lege Artis Medicinae

[Hospitals in the fine arts]

KOVÁCS Zoltán

JANUARY 27, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(01)

[The quote in the title, which is from the Würzburg Juliusspital, needs some explanation. This is all the more so since the word 'hospital' as we use it today evokes quite different associations from what the word meant at the time of the above text, around 1588. We can get closer to the meaning of the word by examining some of its Western equivalents. The German words Hospital, Spital, Spitel, Spytl, the French Hopital, Hospice, Hotel, and the English Hostel and Hotel are probably derived from the Latin nouns hospes and hospitium. The former means primarily 'guest', but can also be translated as 'stranger', and the latter is perhaps best rendered by the words 'hospitality, hospitality'.]

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