"The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down"
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This paper explains how in her book "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down", author Anne Fadiman recounts the life and death of a little Hmong girl living in Merced, California. It discusses how the girl, Lia Lee had what Western doctors call epilepsy, and which the Hmong have a far more lyrical explanation that lends itself to the title of Fadiman's book.
From the Paper:"The most common neurological disease, epilepsy can be frightening and potentially debilitating. However, in cultures around the world and throughout time, from the Hmong to the ancient Greeks, epilepsy opens pathways to creativity and an increased understanding of the universe. Thus, as Fadiman points out, many epileptics become shamans. When Lia Lee first started having epileptic seizures, her mom Foua, speaking not a word of English, rushed her to the Merced Community Medical Center. There, doctors tended to the eight-month old child as best they could under the circumstances. Because all she was doing was coughing when she arrived at the hospital, doctors gave her chest x-rays and diagnosed Lia Lee with "early bronchiopneumonia or tracheobronchitis," unaware that she had just recently seized. The same thing happened on more than one occasion until finally Lia Lee was rushed to the medical center in the middle of a seizure. Visible evidence at hand, doctors were then able to accurately diagnose Lia Lee's illness and prescribe a course of treatment."
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