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Books, Journals, New Media
February 2, 2005

Cross-Cultural Medicine

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(5):623-629. doi:10.1001/jama.293.5.625

Health care professionals are often called upon to deal with the “other.” Such contacts may serve to accentuate our own cultural assumptions and beliefs, especially when the other is particularly different. In Healing by Heart, a wide-ranging group of individuals draw from their experience with Hmong patients to present a clear and unique vision for achieving cultural competency in health care. The book details the background beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of Hmong immigrants to the United States and provides insightful case histories in which the voices of patients, clinicians, and care givers speak in a poignant and culturally respectful manner. These emotionally and intellectually powerful accounts are complemented by thoughtful suggestions for how clinicians, educators, and policy makers can provide culturally competent health care for minority populations.

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