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Painted head board from a hospital bed, Austria, 1601-1800

This elaborate headboard is made from pine and is ornately carved and painted. The Latin inscriptions are based on biblical references which suggest that the bed may once have been in a hospital run by a religious order.

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    A board at the head or upper end of anything, as a bedstead, a grave, etc.

    Glossary: nursing

    The study and practice of caring for and waiting on the sick, injured, or others unable to look after themselves or to deal with their specific medical needs.