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Bethlem Royal Hospital


Mother and Baby Unit, Bethlem Royal Hospital


Bethlem Museum of the Mind: Museum of the Year 2016 finalist


Occupational Therapy Garden at Bethlem Royal Hospital


The Bethlem Royal Hospital(2)


The Bethlem Royal Hospital(1)

Bethlem Royal Hospital, also known as St Mary Bethlehem, Bethlehem Hospital and Bedlam, is a psychiatric hospital in London. Its famous history has inspired several horror books, films and TV series, most notably Bedlam, a 1946 film with Boris Karloff.
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  • Foundation 

  • Politics and patronage 

  • From Bethlem to Bedlam 

  • Management 

  • Helkiah Crooke 

  • Conditions 

  • Medical regime 

  • Bethlem rebuilt at Moorfields 

  • Public visiting 

  • 1791–1900 

  • Bethlem rebuilt at St George's Fields 

  • 1815–16 Parliamentary Inquiry 

  • 1930 to the present 

  • 750th anniversary and "Reclaim Bedlam" campaign 

  • Recent developments 

  • Fatal restraints 

  • Facilities 

  • Media 

  • Notable patients