traditional healing techniques such as: acupuncture; massage; pinching; scraping the skin with coins, spoons, silver jewelry, or pieces of bamboo; applying a warm cup to the skin; or burning the skin with grass or cotton wool
an epileptic seizure associated with a high body temperature, occurring most often in children between 6 months and 5 years of age
grand mal seizure
a full-blown seizure in which electrical disturbance extends throughout a wide area of the brain and the patient loses consciousness for a long period of time
a soul-calling ceremony, in which a baby's name is officially conferred
a beef stew made from cow's intestines, heart, liver, and lungs, finely chopped and boiled with lemon grass and herbs; literally translated as "liquid excrement"
a flexible tube passed through the nose, nasopharynx, and esophagus into the stomach
a healing spirit
a Hmong baby carrier
a traditional Hmong textile art comprised of geometric or organic designs worked in embroidery, applique, and reverse applique; literally translated as "flower cloth"
qaug dab peg
the Hmong term for epilepsy, literally translated as "the spirit catches you and you fall down"
a Hmong musical instrument, constructed out of six bamboo tubes
a potentially fatal medical condition resulting from severe infection and sepsis, in which chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body which can lead to organ failure
a condition in which seizures continue one after another with no intervals of consciousness, instead of spontaneously stopping after a few minutes
a method of cultivation used by the Hmong in Laos, in which areas of forest are burned and cleared for farming; also called 'slash-and-burn agriculture'
a Hmong shaman believed to be able to negotiate with the spirits for his patients' health
an agency which has a cooperative agreement with the State Department to provide reception and placement services for refugees arriving in the United States; abbreviation for "Voluntary Agency"
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Fadiman advocates for doctors to consider their patients' stories about their disease and to try to use a model of cooperation rather than coercion. For example, Foua explained to Fadiman that she felt it was important to use both western medicine...
Culture plays a major role in The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Every other chapter shares some aspect of Hmong history or culture: food, clothing, language, family structure, birthing rituals, and so on. The Hmong traditionally lived high...
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