Chapter 19 begins by giving a narrative about Shee Yee, who fights the dabs and restores people to health. Illness had come when the wife of a wicked god laid an egg that released dabs into the world. Shee Yee spent many of her years fighting the dabs and restoring people to health, and herContinue reading Chapter 19 & Overview
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of an African American women who was diagnosed with cervical cancer and wanted to get treatment, only to be used in a scientific experiment without her consent. Her cells were sent to George Gey- who was in charge of the lab at Johns Hopkins University- andContinue reading What is ethics anyway?
Fadiman begins with the line, “Lia did not die, nor did she recover.” This struck me as powerful because although Lia is still alive, her cognitive functions don’t work. She was aging, but yet stayed the same and needed to continue to receive care from her parents. As her siblings grow up into the peopleContinue reading The dangers of biomedicine
On April 6th 2018, Dr. Heather Gardiner– associate professor at Temple University school of public health– spoke about BMI, obesity, and policy and practice considerations for eligibility for kidney transplantation. She began with presenting some stats: prevalence of end stage renal disease is 9.5 times greater in American Indians, and 3.7x greater in blacks whenContinue reading Is being obese the determining factor?
In the documentary entitled Becoming American, we learn that the poorest, most marginalized population had the best health when initially immigrating to the United States. This is known as the immigrant paradox. Before coming to the US, immigrant families are not exposed to the stress of trying to succeed in western society, nor do theyContinue reading The Immigrant Paradox: What is it?
In the following chapters, Lia is described as being in a “persistent vegetative state” and while she continues to breathe, swallow, and sleep, she only does so because they are reflexive actions. She has no consciousness, and her mother describes that it is as though she is dead. Despite all that has happened to Lia,Continue reading Are ethnic communities more differently ethical?
What does one do when the wishes of the patient/family of the patient clashes with what the medical practitioner knows is in the best interest of the patient? This question underlies chapter 13, which is entitled Code X. In this chapter, Lia’s father attempts to “abduct” Lia from the hospital after being frustrated at theContinue reading Not everyone wants to assimilate
Fadiman continues to tell Lia’s story, as well as the story of her family’s refuge into the United States. In chapter 11, we learn about Lia’s death due to brain damage, and this heartbreaking revelation demonstrates the limited nature of the Hmong’s understanding of medicine. Lia seizes the day before Thanksgiving as the Lee’s wereContinue reading Chapter 11 and 12 Reflection
The documentary “Unnatural Causes: Place Matters” demonstrates that place determines what physical or chemical agents you might be exposed to, and ultimately determines health. Health is socially patterned, and it has been found that in Richmond, California, there are higher rates of asthma, cancer and diabetes. This is because the “choices of an individual isContinue reading Is mixed-income housing the solution?
Cultural relativity continues to be a theme in this book, and in Chapter 9 Fadiman explains how Lia’s doctors believed that the Hmong cared less than Americans about whether or not their children got better, because they were interpreting the Hmong’s actions from their own world view. Unfortunately, we see in this chapter that westernContinue reading Through which lens should we view the world?