Kjøbenhavn [Copenhagen]: C. A. Reitzel, 1894. First edition. 8vo, contemporary purple half sheep, black pebbled cloth boards, 168 pages. Spine faded to tan, corners a bit rubbed; light foxing throughout; small early ink autograph note across the head of the title page; a very good copy. Item #19001
An argument for reform of mental health laws around institutionalization and consent, from a judge who had himself in 1889, at the request of his nephew, been certified insane by a doctor who had not directly examined Brun; though Brun was eventually released, this detailed account of his experiences attacks both his family and the legal system that had him hospitalized. The caption title to the work asks, “Kunne vore Hospitaler under Sundhedspolitiets nuværende Organisation misbruges til ulovlig Indespaerring i forbryderiske Øiemed af Ikke-Singssyge under Paaskud af at de ere Sindssyge?” (Can our hospitals, under the present health-police organization by misused for the illegal confinement with criminal intent of the non-insane under the pretext that they are insane?) Brun of course suggests the system is open to abuse. OCLC notes a few scattered holdings at Danish libraries and at the British Library; the National Library of Medicine appears to be the only American institutional holding.