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Praise for. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. “Fadiman describes with extraordinary skill the colliding worlds of. Western medicine and Hmong culture.”. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced, refugees from the CIA-run "Quiet War" in Laos. Lia's doctors ascribed her seizures to the misfiring of her cerebral neurons; her parents called her illness, qaug dab peg--the spirit catches you and. Editorial Reviews. Review. Lia Lee was born in to a family of recent Hmong Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Politics & Social Sciences.

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The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down Ebook

Read "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures" by Anne Fadiman available from. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for NonfictionWhen three-month -old Lia Lee Arrived at the county hospital emergency room in. The spirit catches you and you fall down: a Hmong child, her American doctors, and Edition/Format: eBook: Document: EnglishView all editions and formats.

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 nor her doctors would ever recover. The Hmong, traditionally a close-knit and fiercely 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 wife, Peggy Philip, cleaved just as strongly to another tradition: When Lia Lee Entered the American medical system, diagnosed as an epileptic, her story became a tragic case history of cultural miscommunication. Parents and doctors both wanted the best for Lia, but their ideas about the causes of her illness and its treatment could hardly have been more different. The Hmong see illness aand healing as spiritual matters linked to virtually everything in the universe, while medical community marks a division between body and soul, and concerns itself almost exclusively with the former. Lia's doctors ascribed her seizures to the misfiring of her cerebral neurons; her parents called her illness, qaug dab peg --the spirit catches you and you fall down--and ascribed it to the wandering of her soul. The doctors prescribed anticonvulsants; her parents preferred animal sacrifices. This was an extremely sad book and it becomes even sadder when you realize that it's based on a real story. I had to read it for a nursing class, but it's defiantly the type of novel that I would read outside of class too.

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A further five children had died in infancy. Those born in Laos had their placentas buried beneath the mud floor of the hut: a placenta is a jacket, and when a person dies their soul must migrate back to their birthplace to reclaim the jacket. When Lia was 3 months old her sister slammed a door, and Lia immediately rolled her eyes and had an epileptic fit.

Over the next four years she went to the emergency room hundreds of times, often in status epilepticus. Her prescription was changed 22 times. And heartbreaking. And aggravating. My emotions were all over the place reading this -- sometimes I sided with the Hmong parents and sometimes I sided with the American doctors. The one problem I had with the author's writing style was the amount of details and "lists" she would have. Some of it was unnecessary and made an already long, slow-moving book, longer.

But for the most part, this book comes highly recommend from me. It was fascinating learning about the Hmong people and their culture and views, as well as really taking the time to examine American culture and Western medical practices. The story of the Hmong people in America, and the many difficulties they face in a country that isn't as tolerant of different ethnicities as we'd like to think we are.

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