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February 11, 1998

Culture and MedicineThe Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1998;279(6):477. doi:10.1001/jama.279.6.477

Every doctor remembers these—their worst and most tragic cases. They change the way you practice medicine, and probably the rest of your life. Every parent's greatest fear is the loss of a child or, almost worse, the child's survival with devastating disability, a constant reminder of the life that could have been. Thus, it is probably with some hesitation and fear that the doctors, parents, and others involved in the care of Lia Lee welcomed journalist Anne Fadiman to revisit the horrendous medical tragedy that had entwined their lives.

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