The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down


Anne Fadiman's book chronicles the true story of a young Hmong girl who is considered to have a spiritual gift that is, in western culture, identified as epilepsy.  The book documents the clash between the family's desire to honor their daughter's gift and the Americans' desires to treat the epilepsy.


Fadiman, A. (1998). The spirit catches you and you fall down: A Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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