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The Hospices de Beaune or Hotel-Dieu de Beaune in the Burgogne region of France started life in 1443 as a charitable hospital for the poor. The original hospital building, the Hôtel-Dieu, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth-century architecture, is now a museum.



The Room of the Poor is furnished with two rows of curtained beds. The central area was set up with benches and tables for meals. The pieces of furniture were brought together in 1875 by the son in law of the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. Each bed could accommodate two patients.

apothecary jars containing various preparations in the apothecary at Beaune

garden of medicinal plants in front of the apothecary building, Orval abbey, Belgium

my mother was an anaesthetist and I thought this was an appropriate gift for her (aconite is a deadly poison)


more apothecary jars, this time in the apothecary at Tarascon castle, Provence

Occasionally, for they are collector’s items now, you’ll come across apothecary jars in chemists shops/pharmacies

Does the sight of blood chill you to the core/make you faint/wish you were elsewhere? Are you squeamish when it comes to all things medical? The Hospices de Beaune had a fearsome collection of medical instruments which I chose not to photograph. Open the door of the particular cabinet of curiosities carefully to see what medical treasures or horrors other “Sunday Stillers” have found.

Comments on: "Sunday Stills: medical things" (1)

  1. parispette said:

    a fun post! I have been there and it is a fascinating place –

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