Unformatted text preview: Lia’s doctors might also be described as being “blind” and “deaf” in relation to their Hmong patient’s family. 2. Fadiman draws on the insights of Arthur Kleinman to make sense of how biomedicine failed in the case of Lia Lee. She asserts (p. 265) that “Neil and Peggy were excellent physicians, but by Kleinman’s definition… they were imperfect healers.” Explain this comment. What kind of recommendations and models of care does Fadiman offer for addressing this contradiction? 3. At the end of Chapter 18, Bill and Sukey disagree over a key question at stake in this book: “Which is more important, the life or the soul?” Drawing on the text, explore why Bill and Sukey each answers the question as they do. How do their respective professional training/ specialities lead them to think about this question differently? How do you think Fadiman would answer this question? Why?...
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- Spring '09
- Medical Anthropology, Arthur Kleinman, Non-Western Medical Systems, professional training/ specialities