The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

by

Anne Fadiman

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Arthur Kleinman Character Analysis

A psychiatrist and medical anthropologist who developed eight questions designed to aid people working in the context of cross-cultural medicine. The questions focus on gaining an understanding of what patients believe is ailing them (or their children). Fadiman fills these questions out with the answers she thinks that Foua and Nao Kao would have provided and shows the results to Arthur, who enthusiastically offers retrospective advice about how Lia’s medical situation could have been more effectively handled.
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Arthur Kleinman Character Timeline in The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

The timeline below shows where the character Arthur Kleinman appears in The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 17: The Eight Questions
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Fadiman brings up a program of eight questions designed by Arthur Kleinman, a psychiatrist and medical anthropologist interested in cross-cultural medicine. The questions include: (1) What do... (full context)
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...questions in the way she thought the Lees would respond and brought the results to Kleinman. In contrast to Neil and Peggy, who were baffled to learn what the Lees actually... (full context)
Chapter 18: The Life or the Soul
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...Lia’s life would have been better if she had been treated by somebody like Arthur Kleinman instead of Neil Ernst and Peggy Philp. Regardless, she says, the real culprit of Lia’s... (full context)