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A private hospital in the city’s richest suburb, the American Hospital was founded in the early years of the twentieth century, just in time to look after the wounded who poured in after America entered the First World War, a role it adopted once more in 1940, only this time for the French troops ground under foot by Hitler’s blitzkrieg. Once peace returned to Europe it concentrated on more lucrative activities, becoming the only Parisian hospital to boast car valets, room service, and a roster of jet-setting patients from Middle Eastern royalty to Hollywood stars. Inevitably – medicine being a game where the patient always loses in the end – it was also where the wealthy went to die.