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April 17, 1915

The Story of Bethlehem Hospital from Its Foundation in 1247.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(16):1351-1352. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570420069041

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Abstract

This narrative, written by the present chaplain of Bethlehem Hospital, a man in full sympathy with the old institution, is as entrancing as a novel and as interesting a piece of medical belles-lettres as has been published for many a day. Famous characters of English history and literature pass through its pages. The care of the insane has always attracted the author because of the mystery and awe which accompany the dement. From the writing of novelists and poets, the author has picked the portions dealing with Bethlehem Hospital, and he has gathered from the British Museum original manuscripts from the days of the pamphleteers. Among those mentioned who bore some connection to the institution are Bunyan, Hogarth, Crooke, Cromwell, Smollett and Defoe. The book chronicles also the altering attitude of medicine toward the insane. It takes us from the days of scourging and torture, through the periods of manacles,

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