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Bedlam

Until the mid 19th century, mentally ill people were not treated. Rather, they were displayed for the purpose of public diversion:

For a penny one could peer into their cells, view the freaks of the “show of Bethlehem” and laugh at their antics. In 1814, there were 96,000 such visits.

The Guardian appears to have revived that unpleasant tradition.

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