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33 Left: Excavations in 1981 in the old chapel (treasury) of the Sint Servaaschurch. | RHCL.GOBM Right: Plan and cross-section of Roman baths excavated in the Stokstraat. Drawing by town architect M. Hermans, 1843. | RHCL THA Collection GAM illness. Every saint had his or her own specialty: Adrian could Searches of the graves underneath the Sint Servaas church be invoked to cure the plague, the holy Blasius for throat show that around the year 400, the average life expectancy of disorders, Sint Odilia for eye problems. But for medical advice the Maastricht population was approximately forty years, a and treatment the population depended mostly on a medical figure that was to remain unchanged throughout the middle market of soothsayers, herbalists and quacks. There are virtually ages. From estimates of body height and bone X-rays it can be no written sources to enlighten us about the early history of concluded that living conditions in Maastricht were at least medicine in Maastricht. The earliest reference to local health comparable to those in the surrounding region, possibly even care dates from 634. In that year Grimo, deacon of Verdun, somewhat better. made a provision in his will for the lepers of Maastricht, bestowing a legacy for the foundation of a xenodochium, a shelter for lepers.


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