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In the heart of old Lisbon, there's a "hospital" that treats patients who are small and fragile, often mangled and battered, and sometimes more than 100 years old.The loving care given at Lisbon's doll hospital has been going on for five generations.The dolls all have a patient file and are painstakingly restored by the skilled hands of three women "surgeons," who give them a new body part or hair, chosen from drawers full of pieces of dolls, a macabre collection of heads, limbs and eyes.The establishment, known as Hospital de Bonecas, was founded in 1830 and is described in the tourist guides to Portugal's capital as one of the oldest doll hospitals still in operation.
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