The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

by Anne Fadiman
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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

In The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, four-year-old Hmong American Lia Lee enters a vegetative state following complications of epilepsy. Author Anne Fadiman investigates the complications...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2018 1:58 am UTC

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

This is certainly a tough question. If you were to ask which would be the better option, I would say go with the second one, because you will have no affect if the parents can't keep her on her...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 7:15 pm UTC

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

In answering your question, I assume by "clients" you mean Nao Kao and Foua, and the doctors in charge of Lia's care are the ones who would benefit from understanding Hmong culture, the ethnic...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2017 9:34 pm UTC

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

I think the answer to your question is a matter of opinion—and it is this very matter of opinion that forms the quandary at the heart of this heartbreaking story. The ultimate debate, as raged...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2020 8:34 am UTC

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Yes, he was certainly justified in this action. As a doctor, and especially the one responsible for Lia's care, it is his duty according to the Hippocratic oath to do no harm. Regardless of the...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 6:56 pm UTC

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

In The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, the clash of Western and Hmong cultures hinders Lia Lee's access to sufficient medical care, with devastating results. Any solution must focus on...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 2:52 am UTC

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Foua is the mother of the main subject of the book, Lia Lee. She fights to heal her daughter using traditional Hmong remedies, and resists modern Western medicine. Unfortunately, she ends up losing...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 5:57 am UTC

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