French System of Relieving the Poor
[John D Brady]
Hospitals, Medical Practitioners, Patronage
Commends the French system of outdoor poor relief and considers the important role played by 'the "hospices" and hospitals' which house the infirm old and deserted children (45). Observes that French medical men 'rarely accept a salary, for it is, when granted, so small (never exceeding 12l. per annum) that they prefer acting gratuitously; while their unpaid exertions in favour of the poor naturally recommend them to the notice of the affluent, who can afford to pay, and often procure for them the Cross of the Legion of Honour' (46–47).
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