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

 
 
 
 
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
Author: Anne Fadiman
ISBN 13: 9780374525644
ISBN 10: 374525641
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 1998-09-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 341
List Price: $15.00
 
 

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.
Brilliantly reported and beautifully crafted, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down explores the clash between the Merced Community Medical Center in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy. Lia's parents and her doctors both wanted what was best for Lia, but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy.

Carole Horn

Superb, informal cultural anthropology — eye-opening, readable, utterly engaging. —The Washington Post Book World