The culture of biomedicine is the concept about how our societal values and ideaologies influence medical practices and patient relationships. It is a very important concept because it helps at explaining why western medicine is practiced the way it is. In our culture, we are constantly trying to strive to perfection. That is why there is the medicialization and biomedicalization of illnesses like ADHD and ED. With illnesses like those, many of the people prescribed probably do not need the drugs, but instead are taking them in order to be a better person. In “Pill Poppers”, the documentary did an excellent job in showing all the ways society is using medicine to better themselves. Even preventative medicines are invading our culture for disesases we don’t even have yet.
The dichotomy I chose was life/death because it is heavily influence by biomedicine and culture. Our culture hasn’t come to a universal clear consensus on either side. Life is a constant hot topic in America. The battle between pro-life and pro-choice are always trying to push their opinions on when life forms. Pro-life considers conception as life and pro-choice considers a live birth life. These views are based on the church and scientific facts. Death is a huge medicial debate. Is brain dead considered a death or is the the cease of breathing? These debates bring up topics like patients in comas or on life support, making it very difficult to determine what is death. The idea of choosing to die by euthanasia is a very sensitive topic where both agree one should not be able to choose their death.
In my opinion, in western society, life and death is not yet accepted universally. Those who are pro-choice logically support life begining when the fetus is out of the womb. While those who support pro-life believe their arguments are natural and true. However, even though death is hard to determine medically, I believe our culture thinks that death should be natural. That is why euthanasia is not supported here.