The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

This book explores the clash between a small county hospital in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy. The book delves into the contrasting perspectives of Lia's family, who see her condition as a spiritual matter, and her doctors, who perceive it as a medical issue. This cultural divide leads to a tragic misunderstanding, highlighting the challenges of navigating a complex healthcare system while maintaining cultural beliefs and traditions.

The 4206th greatest book of all time


Published
1997
Nationality
American
Type
Nonfiction
Pages
341
Words
117,000
Original Language
English

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