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Join Mike Jay as he explores the history of madness and its treatment as seen through the lens of its proverbial home: Bethlem Royal Hospital, London, popularly known as Bedlam.

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Asylums, madhouses, mental hospitals – Bedlam: the names given to institutions for the mentally ill have changed almost as much as our attitudes. Writer, curator and cultural historian Mike Jay talks about changing perceptions of mental illness since the 17th century.

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