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Instead of being confined to rooms, patients were free to wander around the institution, often doing so covered in their own excrement. Sexual assault by the staff was also not uncommon. Willowbrook was so horrific that it was used as inspiration for the TV show American Horror Story: Asylum.
Bedlam, formally known as London’s Bethlem Royal Hospital, is one of the most notorious insane asylums of all time. Created in 1247, it is also one of the oldest.
In 1675, patients with conditions ranging from learning disabilities to schizophrenia filled the halls of Bedlam, and the treatments became unsettling.
Bedlam used a technique known as “rotational therapy,” which amounted to spinning a patient in a chair repeatedly and hoping for therapeutic benefits. But when Bedlam began using surgical procedures, including bloodletting by leeches, many patients didn’t survive. This resulted in a mass grave on the property itself.