“Culture of biomedicine” refers to the relationship between health (in terms of biology) and perceptions of the body that are influenced by culture. Since biomedicine is main form of medical practice in the west, this is an important concept. It is often perceived that objects of nature such as the body can be thought of, studied, and treated independently from culture. This is not the case, and the two are related. Opinions and social norms as well as other components of western society influence biomedicine.
Biomedicine is made up of a system of dichotomies such as life/death, nature/culture, male/female, and more. I believe that dichotomy comes from culture. Everyone has their own opinion that could be influenced by an endless amount of factors as a result of culture. The dichotomy that I chose to examine is life/death. I believe that this dichotomy can demonstrate examples of how people’s opinions can be influenced by their social status. In lecture, life or death in relation to being on life support was discussed. I feel as though this can be influenced by a family’s social status. If a family is wealthier, they would probably be more likely to keep their relative on life support than a family who could not afford the medical bills. Another example of the dichotomy that I believe is influenced by culture is death from old age. It is true that as you age the body becomes less efficient. However, at what age is it that death from old age is accepted? Society and culture have an influence.
I believe that this dichotomy is accepted as logical in our society because we all perceive life and death differently. At different times we all want to accept different things, create reason to justify our desires, and move on at different times. It is hard for such concepts to not overlap when they are influenced by so many circumstances.