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Book Review: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
By Kathleen Morris, Director of Nursing Practice, Ohio Nurses Association
Nothing will tell you how far off the mark we can be in our understanding and acceptance of other cultures than Anne Fadiman’s tale of a Hmong child suffering from epilepsy. This poignant true story details the life and death of Lia Lee as her parents and caregivers struggle to bridge the gap between animism, a traditional belief in the existence of spirits, and the science-based, rational culture found in America’s health care system.