The History of Bethlem

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Jonathan Andrews
Psychology Press, 1997 - Medical - 752 pages
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Bethlem Hospital, popularly known as "Bedlam", is a unique institution. Now seven hundred and fifty years old, it has been continuously involved in the care of the mentally ill in London since at least the 1400s. As such it has a strong claim to be the oldest foundation in Europe with an unbroken history of sheltering and treating the mentally disturbed. During this time, Bethlem has transcended locality to become not only a national and international institution, but in many ways, a cultural and literary myth.
The History of Bethlem is a scholarly history of this key establishment by distinguished authors, including Asa Briggs and Roy Porter. Based upon extensive research of the hospital's archives, the book looks at Bethlem's role within the caring institutions of London and Britain, and provides a long overdue re-evaluation of its place in the history of psychiatry.
  

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Contents

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1
Background
11
The foundation of the Priory of St Mary of Bethlehem
21
17831900
23
The development of the Bethlem precinct
36
Politics and patronage 3 3
55
Bethlems income
68
changing roles and personnel
80
Bethlem and reform
436
Investigation
464
Classifying and consoling
484
A Victorian institution 312
512
1900 to the present
533
Bethlem and the twentieth century 333
535
Bethlems move to Monks Orchard 343
543
the merger of Bethlem and the Maudsley 167
567

Medieval attitudes towards and treatment of the insane
94
Institutional care for the insane in medieval and early modern times
111
Images of Bedlam
130
Background
145
the administration and finance of Bethlem 136
156
Visiting
178
environment management and architecture
200
The architecture of Bethlem at Moorfields
230
Medicine medical officers and therapeutics
260
inferior officers and servants
288
Admission and discharge
315
The politics of committal to early modern Bethlem
348
Bethlem charity and the first history of the Hospital
365
Fact and fancy
381
Bethlems move to Southwark
397
Bethlem and the 1813 Select Committee
413
administration and finance 190182 388
588
medical and nursing staff 190182
618
the character of admissions in the twentieth century
649
patients and the treatment of mental illness in twentiethcentury Bethlem
676
From SHA to NHS trust 198294
711
Conclusion
719
Appendices
721
Masters wardens or keepers of Bethlem 12471633
723
Bethlem and Bridewell presidents 16061793
726
Bethlem and Bridewell physicians 16191816
727
Bethlem and Bridewell surgeons 16291813
728
Bethlem medical officers 17831900
729
Twentiethcentury Bethlem officers
731
Name index
733
Suhfect index
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About the author (1997)

Jonathan Andrews is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities, Oxford Brookes University. His publications include "The History of Bethlem "(1997) and ""They're in the Trade of Lunacy" "(1998). Andrew Scull, author of "Social Order/ Mental Disorder "(California, 1989; 1992) and "The Most Solitary of Afflictions "(1993), among other books, is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. They are coauthors of "Undertaker of the Mind "(California, 2001), a wide-ranging study of the place of madness in eighteenth-century culture and society, seen through the prism of John Monro's life and career.

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