The “culture of biomedicine” deals with the cultural aspects related to the field of biomedicine. It places importance on the history of biomedicine, as well as the language of biomedical facts and the rites of passage within biomedicine. This is a very important concept because in our society we are no stranger to the subjects of biology, anatomy, chemistry and so on. We’re familiar with doctors and nurses and surgeons. All of these people directly participate in the culture of biomedicine. For example, the rite of passage in the culture of biomedicine would be a doctor enduring their residency. After residency, these doctors experience “rites of incorporation.” This is where they firmly establish their status and role within the society.
The dichotomy I chose was life and death. I think this dichotomy straddles a particularly unstable fence. It all comes down to personal definitions for death and life. I believe that as long as someone’s brain has activity and they can breathe on their own for a period of time they can be considering as alive. I think my views on this dichotomy came from science related backgrounds. Many people base their beliefs in different dichotomies on religion or perhaps something pertaining to their culture. Granted things become like more of a sticky situation when it comes to scenarios involving comas. People almost always have a hard time deciphering their definitions of life and death when it’s questioned in these types of scenarios. When it comes to this dichotomy I tend to lean towards more science based definitions. I think this dichotomy is accepted as logical/ true is western society because we don’t like things being in a “grey area.” We like concrete evidence. We like for things to be cut and dry, one or the other, dead or alive.