The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is a book by Anne Fadiman about a Hmong family from Laos living as refugees in California and their dealings with the American healthcare system. Their daughter, Lia Lee, is diagnosed with epilepsy and, through a series of incidents of mistrust, misunderstanding and lack of cultural understanding, she does not receive the necessary medications and her condition worsens. The book deals with the clash between cultures, their customs and science, and argues for cultural competence in the field of medicine.

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