London, Bethlem Hospital Patient Admission Registers and Casebooks 1683-1932

Was your ancestor admitted to Bethlem hospital? Or maybe your relative helped to treat the patients in the famous mental hospital? Explore thousands of historic records from admission registers, staff books, governors’ minutes and even patients’ casebooks. Read descriptions of your ancestor’s behaviour, physicians’ notes and medical histories. The records also include those of the criminally insane. Discover where and when your ancestor was convicted and the duration of his/her stay in Bethlem. The records also include the names of some famous assassins. The records include the name of James Norris, the American seaman who spent ten years in confinement and restraint in Bethlem in appalling conditions. His story led to a government enquiry and the passing of England’s Mad House Act of 1828.

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