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Medicine and Cultural Practices

I'm not sure I'm interpreting this book very accurately. I need a 200 word response to each of the following questions

What assumptions underlie Western medicine and science?

How did the political history of the Hmong people affect Lia's treatment?

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Dear Student,
Hi. I hope this solution gets to you in time. Reading Fadiman's work is easy enough but as the narrative is presented in a novel-type presentation (Fadiman is a journalist) where meanings and facts must be distilled from the text vs. the non-fiction narrative where important concepts are presented 'as-is' without the need to distil from the narrative. I hope the solution below will help. Just in case, review it side by side with your text to see if the ideas presented agree with your own reading. I have also listed some additional online resources that might help you. You can use them for further investigation. Good luck with your studies.

Sincerely,
OTA 105878/Xenia Jones
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About Lia Lee & the Hmong

Lia Lee is a Hmong child, borne of Hmong parents who sought refugee status in the US after being placed in refugee camps in Thailand due to their displacement in Laos in CIA's 'secret war' - known also as the 'quiet war' which raged from 1953 to 1975 between the communist Pathet Lao and the US supported Royal Thai government. A shadow extension of the Vietnam War, it was a Cold War conflict wherein ideologies were central in the debate. The Hmong, a predominantly Laotian tribe/ethnic group were misplaced in Laos and were armed by the US to fight against the communists. Upon the Paris Peace accord of '73, the US had to cease support for the Laos Royal government and the Pathet Lao took over power after the King abdicated. The Royal family were sent to a Pathet 're-education camp' and were reported dead after a few ...

Solution Summary

The solution is a 930-word tutorial module that provides answers and a discussion of the problems listed in the osting (see above), particularly focusing on the assumptions that lie in Western Medicine according to Fadiman and the effect of the cultural beliefs and practices of the Hmong on Lia's treatment. References are listed for the purpose of expansion. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing and digital use.

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