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 discussion


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message 1: by Tiffany (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:32AM) (new)

Tiffany Hey you! This book sounds amazing...totally going on my list. Thank you.

message 2: by Jared (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:00PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Jared K It was really good. Learning about the Hmong and the obstacles they face in getting optimal care was really interesting. From someone involved in western medicine I found it especially frustrating. Still, I have some qualms with all those claims of the author's alleged objectivity. What do you think?

message 3: by Ruth (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:16PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ruth Nobody can be objective. Everyone has an agenda and a point of view, even when they're trying hard to be fair and balanced. The best we can do is acknowledge that we all have bias, and then listen to people's stories and make up our own minds.

This should be required reading for every medical student.

This book really illustrates the well-intentioned arrogance of western medicine toward people who come from other cultures. Westerners can't help it though -- we're raised in our own culture and not many of us ever know anything different.. I can understand the physician's difficulty of resigning himself to provide what he considered "substandard care" just to simplify the child's treatment for her parents who didn't speak English and mistrusted doctors and hospitals.

This book really opened my eyes. Medicine is so much more than just procedures and prescriptions.

Alie This book will break your heart. Truly.

Ruby Hollyberry This book can stimulate a lot of thought. One thought I had is that modern individualistic people have no ethnicity or culture by the old standards, but need to remember that not everyone is like them. There are still people alive who have ethnicity and culture, even in America.

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