Roumania Past and Present eBook

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however, be said of certain other arrangements.) There are ten women nurses, and we heard complaints of a want of volunteers there and elsewhere, which detracts from the humanitarian character of the work.  To the hospital a dispensary is attached, where from January 1 to September 8 last year, 10,791 persons had been relieved.  A very repulsive feature in this hospital is the ward containing forty or fifty unfortunate women under the surveillance of the so-called ’Police des Moeurs,’ who are very solicitous about the health of a few of these miserable creatures that live in a wretched lane in the city, whilst they allow the traffic to be carried on in some places as openly as it is in the Strand or Haymarket.  Another hospital, which to the uninitiated is far more attractive than the Colentina, is the Philanthropic, a beautiful building of recent construction, containing wide passages and very fine wards, and admirably fitted up with baths and all modern conveniences.  The third is situated close to the academy, and is called the Coltza hospital.  This was originally a monastery, at the entrance of which a statue, already referred to, has been erected to Michael Cantacuzene, the founder,[32] and it is said to have been converted into a hospital in 1715.

This may be called the students’ hospital, for here is not only the little chemical laboratory of Dr. Bernath, but also dissecting rooms, amphitheatre, and anatomical museum.  Of the latter, indeed, there are several, osteological, physiological, &c., and they reflect great credit upon the gentlemen who have formed them under almost insuperable difficulties.  There are several other important buildings in or near Bucarest.  Two of these, the Agricultural College and the Asyle Helene in the outskirts, will receive a special description hereafter; but in the city itself there are, besides those already named, the National Bank, some of the monasteries devoted to philanthropic purposes, and three or four hotels, where travellers may live with great comfort and luxury at an extravagant cost.[33]

[Footnote 32:  See p. 202.  A high tower attached to it is said to have been built by the soldiers of Charles XII. of Sweden.]

[Footnote 33:  The principal hotels are the ‘Grand Hotel du Boulevard’ (on the boulevard), the Hotel ‘Brofft,’ ‘Hugues,’ ‘Imperial,’ ‘Mano,’ &c.  The cost of a room varies from six to ten francs per day, and of board about the same.  Wine is very dear, varying from three francs for the native wines up to twenty francs for fine French descriptions.  All these matters are, however, undergoing change from year to year.]


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