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Faux mental illness is physical illness

I'm writing a House AU crackfic set roughly in the 18th century in a country modeled (like so very many) on England, or other European countries.  One of the characters fell prey to a mental illness at the age of thirty, and so he was institutionalized about ten years ago.  Except that it is not a mental illness, it is a physical illness (i.e. The Madness of King George, which was porphyria).  Can anyone suggest an illness with an onset of delusions and other symptoms?  That is curable?

Thanks so much!  I have researched Google and Ask.Com under illnesses, delusions, hallucinations, but I am not sure where else to look, since it's so unspecific.

Also, does anybody know what they would call people who work at inns who aren't the bartenders?  Who unloads the luggage?  I've looked under  "innkeeping,"  "18th century innkeeping" , ask.com  "who works at an 18th century inn?" and every conceivable variation of that question. 

I would be grovelingly grateful to anyone who could answer EITHER of these questions!!!!

ETA: Thank you to everyone who took so much trouble to help me!  I really appreciate it!
Tags: ~medicine: illnesses to order, ~psychology & psychiatry (misc)
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