Match These Quotes to Famous Medical Books

Ariel Harsinay


July 30, 2018

The answer is C. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

Anne Fadiman tells the story of a child she met named Lia Lee, who moved to California as a refugee with her family from Laos. Lia is diagnosed with epilepsy, and thus the novel focuses on the conflicts she faces between her culture and the American hospital system. Lia's family subscribes to Eastern medicine, and believes that her epilepsy has spiritual causes. The Western medicine practice at the hospital where Lia is staying does not agree, but the Lee family opts for shamans, ritual chanting, sacrificing, and herbs, rather than give Lia her medication.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down details the conflicts between rationalism and animism, and has gained global significance due to the shift it caused in Western medicine practice on an international level. The conflicts endured by Lia and her family called for action to be taken for standardizing medicine and making sure the same practices are held across cultures, and for the addition of translators into hospitals across the country.

Anne Fadiman is currently a professor of English at Yale University, and is known for her other works including At Large and Small and The Wine Lover's Daughter: A Memoir.[17]


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