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Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down - 97 edition

Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (ISBN10: 0374525641; ISBN13: 9780374525644)
ISBN13: 978-0374525644
ISBN10: 0374525641

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0374267810
ISBN10: 0374267812

Summary: Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman is the Winner of the National Book Critics Award for Nonfiction. A chain of events are set in motion when three month old Lia Lee arrives at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California that she, her parents nor her doctors would ever recover from.

Edition/Copyright: 97
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Noonday
Published: 09/30/1998
International: No

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xi, 339 pp., biblio., index; 21 cm. A good reading copy with notes on half a dozen pages. Another copy available. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. "When three-month-old Lia Lee Arrive ...show mored at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced, refugees from the CIA-run 'Quiet War' in Laos. The Hmong, traditionally a close-knit and fiercely people, have been less amenable to assimilation than most immigrants, adhering steadfastly to the rituals and beliefs of their ancestors. Lia's pediatricians, Neil Ernst and his wife, Peggy Philip, cleaved just as strongly to another tradition: that of Western medicine. When Lia Lee Entered the American medical system, diagnosed as an epileptic, her story became a tragic case history of cultural miscommunication. Parents and doctors both wanted the best for Lia, but their ideas about the causes of her illness and its treatment could hardly have been more different. The Hmong see illness aand healing as spiritual matters linked to virtually everything in the universe, while medical community marks a division between body and soul, and concerns itself almost exclusively with the former. Lia's doctors ascribed her seizures to the misfiring of her cerebral neurons her parents called her illness, qaug dab peg--the spirit catches you and you fall down--and ascribed it to the wandering of her soul. The doctors prescribed anticonvulsants her parents preferred animal sacrifices. / Anne Fadiman's compassionate account of this cultural impasse is literary journalism at its finest. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down moves from hospital corridors to healing cereomies, and from the hill country of Laos to the living rooms of Merced, uncovering in its path the complex sources and implications of two dramatically clashing worldviews." - Publisher. ...show less
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