(redirected from bedlams)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.


see Bethlem Royal HospitalBethlem Royal Hospital
, the oldest institution for the care and confinement of the mentally ill in England, and one of the oldest in Europe. A priory in 1247, the building was converted to its later usage c.1400.
..... Click the link for more information.


from Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem, former English insane asylum. [Br. Folklore: Jobes, 193]


(Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem) first asylum for the insane in England; noted for brutal treatment of its patients. [Br. Hist.: EB, I: 924]
See: Madness


Archaic a lunatic asylum; madhouse