The way medicine and treatment is portrayed in the west is very different from the traditional customs of the Lao. Chapters 3 and 4 contrasts the Lao and western viewpoints of medicine, and demonstrates how these clashing viewpoints can prevent the Hmong immigrants from receiving the optimal care. The lack of multicultural competence can hinderContinue reading Do doctors eat brains?
I liked reading about epilepsy in the Hmong tradition, learning about how it is an honorable disease, but is still dangerous and cause for concern. I find a lot of value in understanding a serious health condition from a different perspective because it helps me reframe how I think about epilepsy. With a lot ofContinue reading Chapter 3 & 4
I think that in Chapter 3 main point was that in Hmong culture epilepsy is not viewed as a mundane condition but more of a mark that a person has be chosen to become a shaman, host of healing spirit; their character is clean. It is interesting that epilepsy gave a special status in theContinue reading Chapters 3 and 4. Stuck in the Cultural Context
The main points of these chapters were to highlight the cultural differences regarding medical care between the Hmong people and their American doctors. Specifically, the chapters highlight the large language barriers faced by Lia’s family (and other Hmong families) and their physicians, as well as the differences in feelings regarding seizures and other diseases. IContinue reading Chapters 3 and 4- Raeanna Randolph
These two chapters further emphasize the differences between Hmong medicine and Western medicine. Chapter 3 explains that Hmong people viewed Lia’s seizures as “the spirit catches you and you fall down.” This was viewed as a gift and the seizures were believed to be a gift of insight. Hmong people that are given this becomeContinue reading Fadiman: Chapters 3 &4
For me, the most fascinating part of chapter 3 was the explanation about how the Hmong view epilepsy as an “illness of some distinction”, and the idea that an epileptic’s seizures “are thought to be evidence that they have the power to perceive things other people cannot see, as well as facilitating their entry intoContinue reading Chapters 3 & 4
The main points of this chapter were to give the reader a greater insight into the beginning of Lia’s symptoms and expression of epilepsy, and especially the family’s first few interactions with doctors at the hospital. Another main point in these chapters was to establish more of a background of the tension between western AmericanContinue reading Chapters 3 & 4: Reflections
Chapters 2 and 3 of “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” are where you start to get into the meat of the premise of the entire book. Here, you actually begin to learn about the significance of the phrase “the spirit catches you and you fall down”. In Hmong culture, this illness isContinue reading It Worked Out By Chance…What If It Hadn’t?
In chapter 3, we find out both the American and Hmong explanation for Lia’s seizures. Lia’s parents believe was initially due to her soul being startled out of her body when her sister loudly slammed the door shut. The continued episodes of her soul departing meant she was chosen to be something divine such asContinue reading Divine & Scientific Medical Explanations