The differences are about power. She suffers from numerous grand mal seizures and eventually she becomes vegetative for the remainder of her life. Religious American physicians see no inconsistency in such a stance Instead of appreciating that the differing perceptions of scientific and traditional medicine have something to offer each other, their respective proponents too often behave like the Lees and their daughter's doctors. In that way, Hmong people and American doctors could meet halfway to help one another. They are constantly seeking to decide if the other party has acted ethically or unethically, which is in part due to the fact that both the family and the doctors believe that their power hierarchies have been undermined. That was a struggle in itself. But it is much more.
Lia's parents did not like this idea, partly because they thought it was because Dr. I must tell you that I do not really belong anywhere. Her primary physicians, , tried to provide the highest standard of medical care possible. How might you apply what you. Spirit catches you and you fall down.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Group 1Question 2 Hmong American is a group of Asians Americans who migrated from Thailand in 1975. For some physicians, it seems not to appear until they have been beaten and bruised by life sufficiently to assimilate the anguish that is part of everyday existence for so many people, and made so much worse by illness and the specter of death. However, one thing the new arrivals held onto was hope. Others who showed love also met with success. Foua and Nao Kao were devastated to have Lia taken away from them.
During the course of their treatment, various combinations of drugs were tried to help control Lia's seizures. More than eighty percent of the Hmong who obtained care were receiving free health care. She also calls upon a compilation of Hmong folktales and myths edited by Charles Johnson and Se Yang called Myths, Legends and Folk Tales from the Hmong of Laos. Illness refers to how the sick person and the members of the family or wider social network perceive, live with, and respond to symptoms and disability. Spirit reveals that Western doctors' knowledge is considered superior to Hmong beliefs.
At first, it seemed to play into the stereotypes and fears of backwards living that many people harbor within themselves about the undefined other. According to many of them, the first betrayal came when the American airlifts rescued only the officers from Long Tieng, leaving nearly everyone else behind. Mostly, the information they gave was inaccurate. However, one thing the new arrivals held onto was hope. We finally saw ourselves mirrored in the physicians treating us and our families, whose humanity we so desperately yearned to evoke, and usually didn't. There is no doubt that what she came to feel for them during their eight years of mutual observation and friendship is love, in the natural and easy way that admiration grows into something greater when common values are discovered beneath the carapace of culture, and another's humanity can be seen to glow through the veil of social differences that obscures what binds us to one another. While I am by no means well read on the subjects of Hmong spirituality and culture, I felt that Fadiman dedicates a sufficient portion of the book trying to describe these areas to an audience like me that are approaching this book from a Western society standpoint.
Lia was under custody of the Kordas who take care of other children with disabilities. There is a tremendous difference between dealing with the Hmong and dealing with anyone else. The medications brought more controversy between these two cultures. Doctors didn't expect Lia to live more than a few hours or days. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman, dare us to ponder what we assume we know about health care and what are the ultimate challenges that influenced the way patients were treated in a hospital.
She cites examples of successful cross-cultural programs, such as one in which shamans are encouraged to work alongside western health care providers. The approach of science is to separate every problem into each of its smallest constituent factors and then to study that factor in isolation, in order to avoid surrounding influences that might alter the conditions in which it operates. Fadiman opens the floor to discussions of ambiguity, because in a similar vein, Fadiman does not vilify the doctors either. Fadiman inadvertently addressed this question during her analysis of Hmong and American culture. After twenty-six days of dodging the fire of Vietnamese and Laotian soldiers furiously doing everything they could to ambush them, they made their way across the Thai border, where they were taken to an overcrowded staging camp south of the Mekong River.
But when Lia experienced at least twenty seizures in the next few months, her parents, having had a few somewhat satisfactory experiences with Western medicine in the camps, several times carried her the three blocks from their apartment to the Merced Community Medical Center, a public hospital staffed in part by the trainees and faculty of the Family Practice Residency of the University of California at Davis. Western medicine is the peak of importance and the latest in modern technology. For example, Foua explained to Fadiman that she felt it was important to use both western medicine and neeb, or shamanic ritual. The doctors concluded that Lia would die in a matter of days. Her primary physicians were Dr. And yet the continuity and the unity of the body with all of nature, so much a part of traditional medicine, has been to a great degree neglected and underinvestigated, and sometimes even scoffed at, by the finest physicians. For me, it is difficult to think of epilepsy being caused by an evil spirit although it's not totally unperceivable that some people may believe that this actually happens.
A final theme tells us when everything else disappears, there is always love. Today's physician has become a master of detached observation, but less of his patient than of his patient's tissues, fluids, and images as they can be studied by a variety of machines. However, the border between geographic may be weakened while the border between culture still exists. Lia's parents could not get an interpreter every time. The author made an extensive research on the Hmong culture which is evident in the details she presented in the entirety of the book. GradeSaver, 27 May 2015 Web.
She also wrote that Hmong people migrated to America not to hope for assimilation but to resist it, just like what they did when they left China Fadiman, 1997; p. 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 away from the owner. But the foundations of virtually every system of traditional medicine are fashioned on the principle that in the real world of nature everything is a part of everything else and affects everything else--nothing can be understood in isolation from the very influences that a scientist tries to avoid in his researches. The book delves into the question of who was to blame—the doctors who could possibly have saved her with their western medicine but didn't, or her parents who were unable to understand the doctors' directions. We were trained to become, as Fadiman's Neil and Peggy would become, excellent physicians.