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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

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  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (Farrar Straus Giroux) – Hardcover (1997)
    by Anne Fadiman

    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

    Hardcover, Farrar Straus Giroux
    1997
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    352 pages

    ISBN: 0374267812
    ISBN-13: 9780374267810

    When three-month-old Lia Lee arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced, refugees from the CIA-run "Quiet War" in Laos. The Hmong, traditionally a close-knit and fiercely independent people, have been less amenable to assimilation than most immigrants, adhering steadfastly to the rituals and beliefs of their ancestors. Lia's pediatricians, Neil Ernst and his ... Show more

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Reviews of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

Overall customer rating: 4.546
Neriliz S

Great narrative!

by Neriliz S on Nov 1, 2013

Fadiman does a great job narrating the story of a refugee Mong family living in America. Her details and utilization of history provides the reader with a great background to understand the perspectives of the family and the situation they faced throughout their intercultural encounter with various American medical staff.

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Lindagram

Outstanding read

by Lindagram on Nov 10, 2011

Fascinating read on how complex cross-cultural care is and the efforts that some trauma folks make in the heat of the moment. I bought this book for my pre-med friends.

Mary Lee A
by Mary Lee A on Oct 13, 2011

Very interesting descriptions of the difficulties presented by cultural differences in a medical setting. More appropriate for those entering/in the medical professions.

Hayls

Very good book, must read

by Hayls on Nov 4, 2010

This book is amazing. It will have you frustrated at times and still loving all people involved in Lia's treatment.

fiddler

A Second Dimension to Healthcare

by fiddler on Mar 2, 2010

I read this for my anthropology class, and as a Pre-Med, this book was beyond beneficial---it really opened my eyes and mind to a perspective I never considered. With science taking over as the revered thing of the millenium... we dismiss culture as being naive, primitive. But practices don't live on for centuries if they had no power... and shamanistic medicine is not a fairy tale... it's beyond what we've been taught, but can be just as effective. This book shows the importance of cross-cultural healthcare...in working with a patient's culture and background, not against it.

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