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London hospital trust is placed in special measures

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 01 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5883


Bedlam is more than a medieval psychiatric hospital. It's a metaphor for chaos, confusion, and insanity. Today, when we think of Bedlam, we shake our heads and cluck our tongues at the mayhem of a medieval hospital. But someday, doctors of the future will shake their heads and cluck their tongues at the mayhem of today's hospitals. So let's temper our modern, medical hubris with humility, objectivity, and historicity. Today's modern medical center is tomorrow's Bedlam.

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 November 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA