Talk:/Medical Institutions in ancient india/Hospitals and Equipments/Room Decoration
�The patient should stay keeping himself constantly vigilant, surrounded by men and in a house adorned with lamps, water pots, instruments (arms), flower garlands, loose flowers and roasted paddy and he should engage himself in listening to attractive, auspicious and cheering stories."
Great care was taken in prescribing the diet. Weekly regimen containing the items of each meal was carefully prescribed.
The convalescence stage was given great importance and the process of rehabilitation was carefully undergone.
physicians, with a progressive spirit and selfless devotion to alleviating the miseries of the suffering mankind were engaged.
The construction of a hospital was considered to be an act bestowing great merit on the donor. We find that some hospitals were so huge as to admit hundreds of patients.
The standard of medical attainment required in the doctors was very high and day and night attendance was provided for the patients. The standard of cleanliness was so high that even visitors were required to put on a clean garment while entering the hospital. Kings took great interest in the inspection of hospitals, and personal talk with the patients four times a month was a matter of his routine.
From Mahavamsa we gather that villages were endowed for the maintenance and efficient running of the hospital and its staff. The hospitals were not only the refuge of the diseased alone. Preg�nant women, blind, invalid and aged persons also were looked after in the hospitals.
The high degree of specialization in hospital work, the special features like refrigeration and other amenities of hospital life, the absence of caste distinction, the greater emphasis on prevention, the scrupu�lous and fastidious observance of cleanliness, the size of the institutions, the quality of the personnel employed, day and night attendance, effici�ent management and maintenance, all these really astonish us and make us think with admiration of those days when India gave the lead to the world in all those aspects of civilization which we are often erroneously led to ascribe to the West and to the modern age.