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Bedlam: London and Its Mad
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Book Description Pocket Books, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1849835527
Book Description Condition: New. The mad have always been with us. Bethlehem Hospital, or 'Bedlam' as it became in cockney slang, is the world's oldest psychiatric hospital. Founded in 1247, it developed from a ramshackle hovel to the magnificent 'Palace Beautiful', where visitors could pay to gawp at the chained inmates, through to the great Victorian hospital in Lambeth, now the Imperial War Museum. Arnold takes us on a tour of Bedlam and examines London's attitude to madness along the way. We travel through the ages, from the barbaric 'exorcisms' of the medieval period to the Tudor belief that a roast mouse, eaten whole, was the cure. We see the reforming zeal of eighteenth-century campaigners and the development of massive Victorian asylums, where the insane and sane alike were locked up at the behest of greedy relatives. But it was also the age of the determined reformers who eventually made their way into Bedlam and exposed its terrible deprivation and brutality. Seller Inventory # 2368
Book Description Pocket Books, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111849835527