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date: 23 July 2024


The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
John ScarboroughJohn Scarborough, Alice-Mary TalbotAlice-Mary Talbot

(ξενών, νοσοκομει̑ον). One of the early Christian customs that impressed pagans was the care of the infirm, ill, and the elderly; by the 4th through 6th C., institutions were established that functioned as combinations of hostels and sick bays. Documentation is controversial for hospitals in the early centuries of the Byz. Empire, and scholars define the term hospital differently, but it seems certain that fully operational institutions for health care of the sick were founded by the 9th or 10th C. in the major cities; ... ...

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