Francis Willis(1718-1807), Physician
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Willis was a physician whose innovative success with the mentally ill led to him being summoned when George III first displayed symptoms of apparent madness in 1788. While his treatment of the King included restraint in a straitjacket, Willis was kinder to his patients than was traditional. The King's recovery in 1789 made Willis so famous that he had to open a second hospital to accommodate the numbers of patients seeking his help.