Aishe's Reviews > 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 by Anne Fadiman
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Feb 28, 2008

it was amazing
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Recommended to Aishe by: Dr. Eric Stein
Recommended for: doctors, medical students, anthropologists, and students of anthropology
Read in February, 2006

An excellent account of the experiences of one Hmong family with the Western medical system and the long-term impacts of that culture clash on the lives of a Hmong girl with epilepsy and her family.
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