When someone talks about the culture of
biomedicine, they are speaking about the three main aspects of it:
the institutional history, the language of biomedical facts, and the
rituals. The institutional history is about how it became what it is,
what is symbolizes, and how it has changed over a long period of
time. The language is the equivalent of how we as people pass down
stories and explain things to others in an illness narrative. The
ritual speaks of the things that we believe we must do before,
during, or after the process for the most effective outcomes, such as
wearing masks and sterilizing the instruments. Knowing the culture of
biomedicine is an important concept because it explains to us the
who, what, when, where, and how of the illness and who should have
the authority to diagnose oneself or another. Learning the culture of
biomedicine is equivalent to learning the cultural aspects of a
person. You can not truly help someone unless you know the various
aspects that go into what makes them who they are and the same is
true of biomedicine.


I chose life and death because of much
headway it is making in politics today. My definition of life varies
for the different stages of life. If a child has yet to be born or
leave the mothers womb I do not consider it to have a life of its own
because it needs the support from its mother. When it leaves the
womb, even if on some respirators or other machines I consider it to
be alive. If a person has suffered a traumatic accident or is an
elder and living on life support I no longer consider them to be
alive because they can not come out of that state and regain control
from that point. Whenever the possibility of recovery out weights the
actuality of death, I consider them to be alive, if not then they are
dead. With that being said, when someone is on life support and still
has some sort of brain activity then they are alive. I know my
definition varies in so many ways but it stems from the long line of
deaths that occurred when I was younger. When my great uncle was put
on life support and he no longer had brain activity we had to decide
if and when to pull the plug. Having to go through this at such a
young age combined with this being a heated debate amongst peers have
caused me to view life and death in this way.


I think that this dichotomy is accepted
as a mixture of 65-70% logical and the rest natural. In the western
societies we must find some sort of evidence and proof that something
is true or is really happening. This is how we determine to take some
medical conditions seriously or not. I do not think that life/death
would ever be based purely on logic or natural because of the
sporadic phenomenons that occur.

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