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Spedali Degli Innocenti, the Foundling Hospital in Florence, Italy
  1. Bruce Summers1,2
  1. 1The Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, Shropshire, UK
  2. 2The University of Keele Medical School, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Bruce Summers, The Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, Shropshire TF1 6TF, UK; brucesummerslegal{at}, famsummers{at}


The author reflects on a visit to the Ospedale Degli Innocenti, the former Renaissance foundling hospital in Florence, having escaped from an international clinical conference. He considers the symbolism of the architecture and artwork in relation to its function as a sanctuary for abandoned children.

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