THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Eight Questions That Can Heal

Dr. Arthur Kleinman is a psychiatrist and anthropologist who heads the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard University.  In my last blog post, I talked about the heartbreaking story of Lia Lee in “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” by Anne Fadiman.  Lia’s intractable seizure disorder combined with the cultural barriers between Lia’s ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – Learning from Tragedy

I had to dry my tears and compose myself before beginning this post.   It was a book that had made me cry – “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” by Anne Fadiman. This is a story about a Laotian family of refugees in California whose daughter, Lia, had severe epilepsy and developmental ...