When we discuss the “culture of biomedicine” we are explaining health in many terms of biology and emphasizing the importance of learning about body structures and systems in order to treat diseases and maintain health through institutional history, language, and rituals (Lecture 5.1). This is an important concept because it draws on how things came to be, how these facts change, how we view our social values and ideologies, and also allows us to investigate the daily lives of patients and medical professionals during their rituals and customs in the clinics (Lecture 5.1). All this allows anthropologists to better understand humans and how medical intervention, cultural, and ideas change things.
I have not had a lot of experience with dichotomy before this lecture except when discussing a little of it in my ISS class. The definition that comes to mind is something split into two whole parts that do not overlap. I like to think of them as opposites of each other such as good/bad, right/wrong, on/off, Et cetera. These views have come from my family, my educational institutions, and also from the westernized culture I live in. They have taught me these things as a part of growing up and learning new things. I do believe the views and that dichotomy separates information and parties into different entities.
The dichotomy I chose was male/female. This is accepted as logical and true in the Westernized society. The way we categorize males and females is mostly by physical characteristics such as genitalia, but also by the social roles they play in their society. These days, roles are changing and individuals are even creating gray areas in certain dichotomies. Transgender is an example of this. People are changing from male to female and female to male through surgeries and hormonal supplements. As time progresses, new boundaries will have to be made or they will have to dispose of this dichotomy all together.