The word “hospital” derives from “hospitality” (Latin hospitalitas), a derivation found in various forms in a number of European languages (e.g. German hopitalhûs, Spital, Spittel; French hôpital; Spanish hospital; Italian ospedale) ; . From the outset, the concept reflected a double function of care for the sick and responsibility for all forms of need.
2. Middle Ages
The development of the hos…