Saturday, December 03, 2011

Bedlam: The History of Bethlem Hospital

Cool and interesting - and sad - piece of history. This is an episode from the History Channel, posted for us by Top Documentary Films.
Bedlam: The History of Bethlem Hospital (2010)

The Bethlem Royal Hospital in London became infamous in the 1600′s 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 London’s leading tourist attractions, as Madame Tussauds is today.

Britain’s leading psychiatric historians discuss Bedlam and its inhabitants as we reveal the incredible history of one of U.K’s most notorious institutions.

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