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Doctors in Maastricht 46 in the eighteenth century. Ithere were eight thousand soldiers of the garrison apart ran from the Vrijthof directly to the Jeker. Like everywhere inwater; there were water wells everywhere in the town. Thetown had no sewage either, apart from a short town sewer thatn the eighteenth century, Maastricht was a small,reasonably prosperous town. Depending on war or peace, 108 from the population of eighteen thousand civilians. There was a Europe, the average life expectancy did not exceed 38 years. small upper class of mainly French speaking noble families. The This low figure was mainly attributable to high infant mortality clergy consisting of the canons of the Onze Lieve Vrouwe of twenty per cent. The town was ravaged at regular intervals by chapter and the chapter of Sint Servaas and of the friars and epidemics of diseases like cholera and typhoid fever, and nuns of the convents were important for several reasons. The tuberculosis was a permanent problem. A large part of the town had 23 guilds, including the weavers guild (gewantmakers) population lived in poverty. and the merchants guild (kremers). The town had no piped


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