from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of valetudinarium.
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Seneca refers to valetudinaria, rooms set aside for the sick in large private houses.
The sick were also cared for in the valetudinaria of the wealthier Christians who in the spirit of charity extended hospitality to those who could not be accommodated in the bishop's house.
Provision was made in particular for the care of sick soldiers and slaves, the latter receiving attention in the valetudinaria attached to the estates of the wealthier Romans.