Early Insane Asylums — Bedlam and Beyond

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William Henry Toms [Public domain]

Bethlem Hospital

“Treatments” included leeches, blood-letting, ice baths, starvation, and beatings.

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William Norris, shackled on his bed at Bedlam. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY
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William Norris restrained by chains at the neck and ankles in Bethlem hospital, London. Coloured etching by G. Arnald, 1815, after himself, 1814. Credit: Wellcome CollectionCC BY
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Man in restraint chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, UK — H. Clarke, 1869– Wellcome Trust

Asylums in the United States

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Minnesota Council on Developmental Disabilities

The present day

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