A service of love and charity

“The science of healing is but a daily service of love and charity to foster the wellbeing of sufferers!”

This quote and many others by Johann Christian Senckenberg are painted on the walls of the Bürgerhospital in Frankfurt am Main. It was the first hospital open to the townspeople there (an earlier hospital was only open to travellers and pilgrims), founded and built from 1760 onwards by the Senckenberg foundation. He was a physician and natural scientist. After all his wives (he had three) had died as well as his children he turned all his money over to a foundation which had the aim to help the sick and injured of his hometown. He planned the hospital and died after a fall on the building site in 1772. If interested, here you can learn more about the man.

Linked to Friday Fun: Healing.

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