The culture of biomedicine is the culture we have created in our society through a progression of biomedicine over the years. The United States has a very interesting culture of biomedicine created by industrialization, wealth, capitalism, and other factors. By putting our faith into and linking our lives to biomedicine we have created a major cornerstone of our culture where an entire culture of hospitals, pharmacies, schools, and doctors can command total control of our way of living. The lectures this week demonstrated this with the way advances in science which should have shown us how far biomedicine still had to progress actually reinforced this culture by using mass media to show only the positive improvements of biomedicine. I think this happens because biomedicine is a well-oiled money making machine that constantly supports and fund’s itself. The birth control ads are another great example of this. The commercials are engrained with references to the logic, the wealth, and the prestige biomedicine allows you to achieve, which not only reinforces the “culture of biomedicine” but also creates revenue.
I chose the healthy/sick dichotomy because I find that true health and sickness often fall into an interesting gray area. Are we ever truly healthy?, we may feel healthy and perceive ourselves to be such but many things lurk under the surface unknown and unresolved. I guess I would consider healthy to be the opposite of disease or illness and sick to be the opposite of that. I think my view come from my personal experience of at one time having a hernia and feeling healthy but in reality being in danger for several months, as well as the fact that I have seen throughout my college experience that diseases such as cancer/heart disease/etc, can lurk for a long time undetected. I think this dichotomy is accepted because people are much more comfortable feeling like they are in control and actions taken can lead to a state of complete well-being hence the Healthy/Sick dichotomy.