Description - Bedlam: London's Hospital for the Mad by Paul Chambers
Bethlem Hospital is the oldest mental institution in the world, but to many it is famous only as 'Bedlam', a chaotic madhouse that brutalised its patients. This book explores the 800-year history of Bethlem and reveals fascinating details of its ambivalent relationship with London and Londoners, the life and times of the hospital's more famous patients, and the rise of a powerful reform movement which forced the government to take the issue of Bedlam seriously. Paul Chambers brings the whole story of Bethlem Hospital to a new audience, charting its well-intended beginnings to its final disgrace and reform. AUTHOR: Paul Chambers' writing credits include books on subjects as diverse as elephants, dinosaurs, the natural history of the giant tortoise, medieval genealogy and an 18th-century scandal. He has written for television and radio, and has produced numerous articles on a diverse range of subjects as well as being the ghostwriter behind several children's factual books.
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Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
The History Press Ltd
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