The Azores; Or Western Islands a Political, Commercial and Geographical Account

The Azores; Or Western Islands a Political, Commercial and Geographical Account

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...is the hospital "da Misericordia"--a huge pile, once a Franciscan monastery, but since greatly enlarged and made capable of receiving nearly 400 in-door patients. It is a noble building, which would be a credit to any continental town. The infirmaries are spacious and lofty and the hygienic arrangements bear favourable comparison with the best of similar establishments in Portugal. The income is derived from investments in landed and other property in the island, bequeathed to the hospital at various times. In the year 1882-83, notwithstanding the decline in the prosperity of the island, this revenue amounted to 6,136, and the expenditure to 5,500. The number of patients treated was 2,905, the death rate amounting to 3-25 per cent. The establishment, as the above figures testify, afiords a / great deal of out-door relief and mainly supports the island prisoners. It also maintains a convalescent branch at the Furnas, where, on an average, 150 cases, mostly rheumatic, are yearly sent for the thermal baths there. / Besides this hospital, but altogether disconnected with it, are some half-dozen almonries or irmandades for succouring the poor and sick. These are supported entirely by voluntary contributions, in spite of which, however, the number of loathsome beggars haunting the streets is comparatively large, the absence of mendicity control of any K 130 Nowhere is Belisarius a pleasant sight, but here least of all, where in contrast with a bountiful nature, his abject and filthy appearance shocks and saddens. kind, or asylums to harbour the halt and blind, causes them to beset every passer-by with reiterated cries of " Oh senhor, uma esmolinha." K A very useful law existed in Portugal as far back as 1544, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236578295
  • 9781236578297