Biomedicine is one form of medicine that is most commonly found being practiced in western societies. The culture surrounding biomedicine is based on the fact that biomedicine is based on truths and facts. Biomedicine is said to be universal and objective. When anthropologists look at biomedicine they evaluate it in three different sectors; the institutional history of biomedicine, the language of biomedicine, and the rituals of biomedicine. They evaluate how facts have changed pertaining to biomedicine and how power is established in the institutional history sector. How social values are accepted as natural or scientific facts are studied in the language of biomedical facts. Lastly, in the rituals of biomedicine anthropologists investigate patients and healthcare workers and how they interact with biomedicine. The culture of biomedicine is an important concept because biomedicine is the accepted form of practiced medicine in our own society. We have to understand all aspects surrounding biomedicine including the culture to fully be able to practice and accept the ways.
My own personal view on dichotomy is that it is a way of looking or evaluating two different things that are opposites, or opposite groups. I think that dichotomy came from just evaluating aspects of life that are very controversial. It could have also came from separating paths or ways of living.
This week I chose to evaluate the dichotomy of life/death. The reasoning behind this is because this is a very controversial issue. Just like it was noted in the lecture, defining when a person has completely passed is a very difficult task. Is it when they are brain dead? Is it when their heart is no longer beating? These questions also arise not only pertaining to a medical standpoint, but also defined by law and humanity. The dichotomy between life and death is logical and natural. It is the question that has been evaluated throughout history.