Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors

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Tandem Library, Sep 1, 1998 - Social Science - 352 pages
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Discusses a sick child of Laotian immigrants whose beliefs conflict with Western medicine.

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The ethnographic research is thorough and educational. - Goodreads
An important book that was difficult to read. - Goodreads
Loved this book - fascinating subject, great writing. - Goodreads
An amazing insight into cultural clashes and medicine. - Goodreads
Loved the story telling that Fadiman gives. - Goodreads
Interesting, but not a page turner. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Mckinley - Goodreads

Hmong immigrants have a daughter who developed symptoms of epilepsy. The book addresses their care of her and engagement with US medical treatment centers/hospitals. Deal with cross-cultural misunderstanding and medical treatment. Read full review

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

User Review  - Kimberly Keisker - Goodreads

A wonderful description of the Hmong culture and customs with historical details, intertwined with the account of a Hmong girl with epilepsy. Interviews with doctors, social workers and Hmong people are craftily worked into an engaging non-fiction read. Read full review

About the author (1998)

Anne Fadima is the editor of The American Scholar, Recipient of a National Magazine Award for Reporting, she has written for Civilization, Harper's, Life, and The New York Times, among other publications. She lives in New York City.

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