W5 Reflection Post Prompt

Title: Choose a dichotomy in biomedicine to analyze further (e.g. life/death, nature/culture, male/female, mind/body, treatment/enhancement, doctor/patient, healthy/sick, etc.)

Body: (300 words)

  • What do we mean by the “culture of biomedicine” and why is this an important concept? Draw on the materials from this week to answer this question.
  • Explain your own personal views on dichotomy and where you think they came from?
  • Why you think this dichotomy is accepted as logical/natural/true in western society?

Comment: (200 words)

  • Pick a post with a different dichotomy in their title to analyze
  • Explain why you think it is important for clinicians to understand this particular dichotomy? What are the potential implications if they take it for granted as fact?
  • What’s an alternative way to conceptualize this dichotomy? Use your example to demonstrate potential benefits and drawbacks of alternative approaches in biomedicine.

Category: “W5 Reflection”

Post Due: Friday 8/2

Comment Due: Sunday 8/4

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Melissa Brown says:

    Hi, Karra! I was reading your post about health/sick and I can agree with you 100%. I do believe that it is possible for an individual to be both sick and healthy all at once. It is imperative that clinicians are able to distinguish between a healthy patient and a sick patient. In order to properly diagnose and treat patients, clinicians must know the signs that indicate if the individual is either sick or healthy. If clinicians are not able to spot these signs they can not diagnose the patient with the correct sickness or determine if the individuals are healthy. For instance, if a doctor diagnoses a patient with a bladder infection and gives him/her medication to treat this problem when in fact there is absolutely nothing wrong with the individual except for gas. The medicine that is given to the patient to treat him/her may cause serious implications to the individuals body organs both physically and mentally. This can cause the patient to become sick because they are taking a medication that is only causing damage/harm to their bodies, therefore the patient is no longer healthy but indeed sick. The only alternative to conceptualizing this dichotomy is narrowing the definition and symptoms of sickness. Sickness is very broad and the symptoms or signs indicating that an individual is sick are even broader. The drawbacks to this alternative is excluding symptoms that can be very critical in determining one’s health. Another drawback is the possibility of losing one’s license to practice medicine because of a wrong diagnosis of sickness. The potential benefit is protecting individuals health because they are able to correctly diagnose and treat patients.

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