Professor Robin Danzak
Culture And Global Health
In the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Lia suffers from continuously escalating and worsening medical conditions surrounding her epilepsy. Throughout the story, blame seemingly kept shifting between the cold and rigid doctors and the non-compliant parents of Lia. However, the real conflict that influenced Lia’s fate was the inability for two different cultures to come to an understanding and collaboration. This conflict is common in almost every health care setting in the world, even in present day. Cultural differences, however, can be overcome with the up-taking of an outlook that focuses on accepting the other individual. Such outlook can be applied in every health-care setting as pointed out by the author of the story.
Nguyen, Linh, "The Right Question for Medical Professionals" (2018). Writing Across the Curriculum. 31.
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