[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Citations 0
Book Reviews and Other Media
December 2000

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Author Affiliations



Not Available

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000;154(12):1277-1278. doi:10.1001/archpedi.154.12.1277

In her meticulously researched, carefully crafted, and beautifully written book, Ann Fadiman tells the story of Lia Lee, a young Hmong child in Merced, Calif, whose severe epilepsy leads to a collision between the very different cultures of the Hmong and Lia's Western physicians. Having heard about Lia's story through friends, Ms Fadiman traveled west to Merced to investigate. It is clear from the outset of the book that the real story was far more complex, the cultural gulf far wider, and the effects on her own life were far more profound than she ever could have envisioned. For any reader, with or without a medical background, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is sure to captivate, charm, and educate.

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview