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.
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.
Borkan JM. Cross-Cultural Medicine. JAMA. 2005;293(5):623-629. doi:10.1001/jama.293.5.625