Today, St. Patrick’s Hospital in Dublin, known for the innovative care of its patients provides “Ireland’s largest, independent, not-for-profit mental health services.” 1 When founded in 1745 by the bequest of Jonathan Swift, it was the first psychiatric hospital to be built in Ireland mandated for the care of “Idiots and Lunaticks.” 2 Europe's oldest asylum was the precursor of today's Bethlem Royal Hospital in London, known then as Bedlam, which began admitting the mentally ill in 1403 and is mentioned in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Lucy the Australopithecus afarensis, a fossilised skeleton found 41 years ago, is being commemorated by the Google Doodle. 4/4 - The limitlessly varied personalities of human beings have fascinated both scientists and fellow members of society throughout the existence of humankind. The first American asylum was built in Williamsburg, Virginia, circa 1773. Read Later ; Print. But how did she get there? London’s Bethlem Hospital was for centuries a unique institution caring for the insane, and its alter ego ‘Bedlam’ influenced popular stereotypes of insanity. Their focus is the Bedlam graveyard, which was used intensively from 1569 to the 1730s and got its name because it was located near the original Bethlem Royal Hospital (notoriously known as Bedlam). Pg. The cemetery was an overflow graveyard outside the original city walls of London, and many of the remains buried there overlap with each other. 2. – (Cambridge studies in medical anthropology ; 9) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-521-82955-0 – ISBN 0-521-53641-3 (pb.) Schizophrenia – Social aspects.
This article explores the mythical Bedlam of popular imaginings. Schizophrenia – Cross-cultural studies. A mass grave of 30 possible bubonic plague victims is being excavated in London at the huge cemetery of Bedlam mental asylum that was discovered while workers were building the Crossrail subway system.
p. cm. Schizophrenia, culture, and subjectivity : the edge of experience / edited by Janis Hunter Jenkins, Robert John Barrett. Mass grave of possible bubonic plague victims excavated in London. 3.