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The Hospital of Saint Mary of Bethlehem stood just outside Bishopsgate in London, and served as asylum for the mentally ill. Mental health care in Elizabethan England was frequently cruel and, by modern standards, unusual. Conditions within the hospital were said to be extraordinarily noisy and chaotic.

The hospital was commonly known simply as "Bedlam," and the name has survived to the present day as a description of any scene of chaos and disorder.

The hospital itself no longer exists. The site on which it stood is now part of London's Liverpool Street Station.

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