Update on PH's condition. Prins Henriks overført til Skejby Sygehus: 'Vi skal sikre, at Prinsen får den helt rigtige behandling' | BT Royale - www.bt.dk
(I'll leave it to the mods to decide whether this is the correct thread, but as this thread is mainly about PH and his life after his retirement I think this is the appropriate thread).
Lene Balleby says to the tabloid BT: "The Prince has been transferred to Skejby Sygehus (*), that is of course to ensure the Prince gets the most appropriate treatment".
- Skejby hospital is one of three super-hospitals in DK with the most modern equipment and the best doctors - for all eventualities.
Rigshospitalet and Odense University Hospital being the (so far) two other.
I imagine they'll put him through a battery of test, while they have him.
(*) Sygehus = derived from the German Krankenhaus = literally "house for the sick", is a much more modern term than hospital.
Before the Reformation hospitals were mainly paid for and run by the church, but after the Reformation that task suddenly ended up in the hands of the state, because there were few else who could pay for such institutions. And as medical training became more formalized and widespread these ad hoc hospitals grew into the first state run hospitals that were aimed at actually curing most of the sick, while the poor were relocated to state run poorhouses.
The church-run hospitals were initially aimed at caring for the sick, in the hope they would recover. But the medical knowledge, except at the larger monasteries was limited, with the few doctors around mainly being in private employ. So the hospitals were very much more like hospices today. But they also doubled as the last place for invalids and the very poor who could not look after themselves. Or simply providing a bed for pilgrims.
By the 1700's or so, the system with state run hospitals was in place inadequate as they were with modern eyes. And they really couldn't be compared with the "old-fashioned" church-run hospitals! I mean, come on this is 1700-something, not the dark middle-ages! So someone came up with the modern term of Krankenhaus = a house for the sick, as a modern term and that is used in Central and Northern Europe to this day. But because there is no word for Krankenhaus/sygehus in English (the franca lingua of today) the hospital has resurfaced in recent decades.
And thus ends this evening's lecture on the Danish language and the Reformation.