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Maniac Chase (1904)

One of the very first screen depictions of the now familiar Napoleon delusion trope — in which a mentally ill person believes themselves to be Napoleon Bonaparte….more

Sketches in Bedlam (1823)

A compendium of glimpses into the personalities and stories of more than 140 mental patients confined to the Bethlem Hospital in the early part of the 19th century….more

On the Writing of the Insane (1870)

A book of observations on the peculiarities of writing styles as shown by asylum patients, by G. Mackenzie Bacon, a medical superintendant at Cambridgshire County A…more