The Pdf eBook of The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down By Anne Fadiman follows the story of a struggling Hmong refugee family from Laos and their interactions with the health care system in California.
The book is written in an engaging style with every other chapter returning to Lia’s story and the chapters between discussing broader themes of Hmong culture, customs, history; American involvement in the Laos War as well as their responsibility for it.
Some topics such as assimilation discrimination among many others are included by the author to provide insight on how they affect people negatively or positively depending upon the situation at hand.
In the book, “Lia Lee” tells a story about her family and how it is affected by an illness, Lennox Gastaut Syndrome which turns out to be a severe form of epilepsy called such because patients have different types(Gastault or complex)of seizures that usually happen at certain times related to what they eat like dinner time attack typically happens between six p.m – midnight while hyperkinetic type can strike anytime during waking hours but often associated with.
There are many other medicines available now compared to decades ago but still, not everyone gets along well- some believe you should try a natural cure first.
A lack of understanding about the traditional Hmong lifestyle and culture leads to misunderstandings, which in turn lead to miscommunications about medical dosages.
This creates an inability on behalf of the doctors trying to understand how Lia’s condition worsens with time when she resists taking medicine due to her distrust or has behavioral side effects from previous administration at higher doses than what was prescribed by physicians unfamiliar with their tradition-based niche population whose members are largely vegetarian Buddhists who abstain completely from smoking cigarettes because it is believed that this practice damages health over long term periods.
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