History - Bedlam: The History of Bethlem Hospital



The Bethlem Royal Hospital in London became infamous in the 1600s in regards to the inhumane and cruel treatment of its patients as revealed by psychiatric historians. Bedlam: The History of Bethlem Hospital reveals why Bedlam came to stand for the very idea of madness itself. It was satirized for centuries as both a human zoo and a university of madness and for 100 years was one of Londons leading tourist attractions, as Madame Tussauds is today. Britains leading psychiatric historians discuss Bedlam and its inhabitants as we reveal the incredible history of one of U.Ks most notorious institutions.