A hospital is an insitution with health care as its main function. The hospital as setting is most popular for modern and science-fiction role-playing, mostly because of the more advanced technology that increases the chance of survival of the characters present.
Even though there are some examples of hospitals from for instance ancient Egypt or Greek, hospitals started to become more popular only by the late middle ages. Where previously volunteers and monasteries fulfilled the role, founding of guilds and a new aristocracy to finance such projects, increased their use.
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