A doll hospital is a workshop that specializes in the restoration or repair of dolls.[58] Doll hospitals can be found in countries around the world.[59] One of the oldest doll hospitals was established in Lisbon, Portugal in 1830,[59] and another in Melbourne, reputedly the first such establishment in Australia, was founded in 1888.[58] There is a Doll Doctors Association in the United States.[60] Henri Launay, who has been repairing dolls at his shop in northeast Paris for 43 years, says he has restored over 30,000 dolls in the course of his career. Most of the clients are not children, but adults in their 50s and 60s.[47] Some doll brands, such as American Girl and Madame Alexander also offer doll hospital services for their own dolls.

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