Michelangelo Grima: From the Battlefield to the Operating Room

The Sacra Infermeria was a renowned hospital thanks to the efficiency and the professionalism of the staff members. Famous surgeons such as Michelangelo Grima strengthened the reputation of the hospital. Such surgeons would have received their training at the school within the hospital the School of Anatomy and Surgery. Nevertheless, Grima wanted to pursue

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The Early Journey of Michelangelo Grima

One of the most important developments in Maltese Medical History is the establishment of the school of anatomy and surgery within the Sacra Infermeria. In 1676, Grand Master Nicolás Cotoner established the school so future Maltese doctors and surgeons could train locally instead of abroad. By time the school would help produce several prominent

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Majolica Pottery at the Sacra Infermeria

An important area within the Sacra Infermeria was the Pharmacy, since it provided medications to both the Sacra Infermeria which was the hospital for men and the Casetta which was the hospital for women. The pharmacy at the Sacra Infermeria or the Spezieria, also supplied the Knights galleys as well as the slave prisons.

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The Hospital for Women During Hospitaller Malta

The Sacra Infermeria in Valletta was renowned for its efficiency, and was also known as one of the best hospitals in Europe. However, the Infermeria only received men, leaving women who needed care with nowhere to go. This was up until the 17th Century, when Caterina Scappi erected the hospital for women, commonly known

By |2023-08-14T14:02:13+01:00September 22nd, 2023|blog|0 Comments

The Woman Behind the First Local Hospital for Women.

During the period of the Knights of Saint John, the Sacra Infermeria was known for its excellent medical services. Nevertheless, its wards were reserved only for male patients, hence women who needed medical care had nowhere to go. It was quite evident that a hospital for women was needed. This need was addressed during

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A promising student at the Sacra Infermeria becomes the Father of Autonomy

The Sacra Infermeria was built during the rule of the Order of Saint John. Eventually the Infermeria became one of the finest hospitals in Europe. Furthermore, in the year 1676, Grand Master Nicolás Cotoner erected the School of Anatomy and Surgery. By time the school also continued to enhance and by the 18th Century

By |2023-06-27T12:42:08+01:00September 1st, 2023|blog|0 Comments

Historical Perspectives on Foundling Care and Abandonment Practices

Back in the day it was common that due to poverty, amongst other reasons, babies used to be left on doorsteps. In Malta, formal provisions to care for these babies were introduced during the late Medieval period, when the Mdina Universita' established a system for the reception and care of such children at the

By |2023-06-27T11:54:23+01:00July 28th, 2023|blog|0 Comments

The Sacra Infermeria and its Contributions to Healthcare and Child Welfare

The Order of Saint John contributed greatly to the islands. One of the greatest investments was in the medical sector, particularly the building of the Sacra Infermeria in Valletta. The hospital was opened in the year 1570 and it became one of the best hospitals in Europe. The Infermeria used to welcome men from

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