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41 From Paradise to heaven?. IFrench Sun King Louis XIV. As a forward post of the town doctors and barber-surgeons had to see to it that theThe committee intervened and determined that most of thehealthy people had to leave the hospice immediately and then the year of disaster 1672, the Republic of the UnitedNetherlands was forced to prepare for an attack by the Republic, the fortress of Maastricht had a garrison of eleven soldiers in the hospital received proper care. The committee thousand troops quartered in the town for a considerable time. had also visited the monastery of the crutched friars, the This concentration of the military in the restricted area within bonnefantenklooster and the convent of the faliezusters and the town walls caused huge problems of hygiene and medical found that those convents had no rooms that were suitable to care. Large numbers of sick and wounded soldiers were house the sick and wounded in winter. The monastery of the admitted to ‘the sick house name Paradise’. This complex of friars minor appeared suitable however. Although orphans were barracks was situated in the Nieuwstad (the present housed in this monastery, they would have to move to the Jekerkwartier between the Pater Vinktoren and the Poort Jesuit monastery. The town council supported this plan and on Waerachtig) outside the Helpoort and was ‘the usual place 19 May, 1673 the States General also gave approval to execute which this town uses as a hospital for the plague and other this plan. The siege of 1673, however, prevented the contagious diseases’. When a committee of representatives of implementation. the town council and the garrison inspected this institution in the autumn they found deplorable conditions. This was partly caused by the fact that the offi cers in charge did not pay for nursing and care of their soldiers in the hospital. The town council had complained about this repeatedly and concluded that as a result the sick soldiers ’were very poorly accommodated, and lay in miserable conditions’. Unfortunately, this was not the only problem in Paradise. It turned out that many healthy people were also housed there and fed at the expense of the town and that there was ‘little order (…) in treating and curing the sick and injured’. Finally, it was concluded that ‘the internal father or warden did not seem to be suffi ciently able to manage such a hospital (…)’.


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