The Updated Bethlem (Bedlam) Hospital. In the 1800s and early 1900s, many insane asylums  (as well as prisons and orphanages) were treated as tourist attractions. This practice had started long ago, when visitors to Bedlam in London paid a penny to see the lunatics there. They were allowed to bring in sticks to poke the inmates with, to stir them up.

The Updated Bethlem (Bedlam) Hospital. In the 1800s and early 1900s, many insane asylums (as well as prisons and orphanages) were treated as tourist attractions. This practice had started long ago, when visitors to Bedlam in London paid a penny to see the lunatics there. They were allowed to bring in sticks to poke the inmates with, to stir them up.

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Harriet Jordan seen disheveled in her Bethlem Royal Hospital portrait as newly diagnosed with acute mania. (1856)

Harriet Jordan seen disheveled in her Bethlem Royal Hospital portrait as newly diagnosed with acute mania. (1856)

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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...

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...

Bethlehem Hospital (Bedlam), Southwark, London. I went to school opposite here. Hmm maybe that's my problem

Bethlehem Hospital (Bedlam), Southwark, London. I went to school opposite here. Hmm maybe that's my problem

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Bethlem Royal Hospital in London. Bethlem, the world's oldest institution specializing in the mentally ill, started admitting unbalanced patients in 1357. Throughout most of its history the conditions in the asylum were atrocious. For example, in the 18th century the public could pay a penny for the privilege of watching the "freaks"; they were even permitted to poke the caged patients with

Bethlem Royal Hospital in London. Bethlem, the world's oldest institution specializing in the mentally ill, started admitting unbalanced patients in 1357. Throughout most of its history the conditions in the asylum were atrocious. For example, in the 18th century the public could pay a penny for the privilege of watching the "freaks"; they were even permitted to poke the caged patients with

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