Dear Luise

By Dorrit Cato Christensen, Peter Stansill (translator),

Book cover of Dear Luise: A Story of Power and Powerlessness in Denmark's Psychiatric Care System

Book description

‘An unintended event.’ This was the bland phrase used to describe Luise’s sudden death in the psychiatric ward at Amager Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark. She was 32.

Dear Luise is a mother’s deeply personal account of her struggle to ensure her daughter’s survival through 20 years of treatment in the…

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1 author picked Dear Luise as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

In focusing on her daughter, Luise, a mother, Dorrit Cato, in this extraordinary book captures all that is going wrong and getting worse in medical care today. Very early on you know what is going to happen and feel powerless to stop it. Maybe I feel this way so much because I see it happening every day. I’ve bought lots of copies and given Dear Luise to many working in healthcare, who have found it equally raw. If you only have minimal encounters with healthcare or encounters where things have gone well, you may find this story sad but think…

From David's list on medical treatments gone wrong.

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