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P. C. Jersild

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Per Christian Jersild
P.C. Jersild 2009
P.C. Jersild 2009
Born (1935-03-14) 14 March 1935 (age 89)
Katrineholm, Sweden
Occupationauthor, physician
Period1960 – now

Per Christian Jersild, better known as P. C. Jersild, (born 1935) is a Swedish author and physician.[1] He also holds an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Medicine at Uppsala University from 22 January 2000,[2] and another one in engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (1999).


P. C. Jersild was born in Katrineholm in a middle-class family.

His first book was Räknelära which he released 1960 at the age of 25, although he had already been writing for 10 years at that time. Until now he has written 35 books, usually focused on social criticism. His most famous work is Barnens ö (Children's Island), which tells the story of a young boy, on the verge of adulthood, who runs off from a children's summer camp to spend time alone in the big city, Stockholm. Other notable books include Babels hus (The House of Babel), which gives an account of the inhuman treatment of patients at a large modern hospital, said to be modeled on the Karolinska Hospital in Huddinge outside Stockholm, and the science fiction novel En levande själ (A Living Soul), about a living, thinking and feeling human brain floating in a container of liquid.[3]

Aside from his literary production, Jersild has also been a columnist for Dagens Nyheter since the mid-1980s. In 1999, he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.[4]




  1. ^ "P C Jersild". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 2010-05-10.
  2. ^ "Honorary doctorates - Uppsala University, Sweden".
  3. ^ Evolution and I
  4. ^ "Person page: Per Christian Jersild". www.kva.se. Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2010-05-10. [dead link]