The cultural meaning of biomedicine is an important concept because it consists of an institutional history of biomedicine, the language of biomedical facts and the rituals associated with biomedicine.
My personal views on this dichotomy are that it is hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. I believe life begins when a baby can live outside its mother’s body when they are viable, but death is a more difficult concept to describe. Is a person still alive when they are in a vegetative state? Hard to say, because if a machine is keeping their brain alive and they would “die” without it, it does not seem like they are alive.
This is logical because a person that cannot function independent of a machine is not alive in my opinion. However, there are instances when a person will only need to be on a machine for a period of time and then be taken off of it. It is quite a dilemma for many because if there is a chance of recovery then most people will consent to it. My views come from my own experience of parents’ having been on life support. Most people feel very strongly one way or another on this issue. I have experienced both scenarios. One time it helped and another it did not. My view is that prolonging life and avoiding death makes sense if there is a reasonable chance for recovery.
In our society I believe this is a true viewpoint from most people’s point of view except those who are against it under any circumstances and feel they want to die naturally. As I have said my views come from my own experience with this, and I do not know if everyone feels this way but I do.
Choices about when a person has really died are very individually based.