General Hospital of Paris

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Under the Ancien Régime the General Hospital of Paris (French: Hôpital général de Paris) was not primarily intended as a medical facility but a place of confinement of the poor.[1] Constructed by lay devotees (the Compagnie du Saint-Sacrement) during the reign of Louis XIII, it was intended to solve the recurring problem of begging and the Cour des miracles.[2]

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  1. ^ Foucault, Michel (1988). Madness and Civilization. New York: Vintage Books. p. 53. 
  2. ^ Foucault, Michel (1988). Madness and Civilization. New York: Vintage Books. p. 39.