The “culture of biomedicine” refers to the beliefs in western society that there is a science behind every organism. The belief that humans and animals are not composed of spirits or nonchemical substances. Biomedicine is the advanced understanding of the human body which acknowledges that humans are made up of different organs composed of cells, and that the body will occasionally need medical help in order to go back to a state of equilibrium. The “culture of biomedicine” is an important belief system because it is the most advanced one in the world today. Although documentaries such as “Pill Poppers” may make one believe that biomedicine is an elaborate hoax that forces people to spend money on medications that they do not understand or might not even need, it is important to understand that the “culture of biomedicine” is the closest the world has come to fully understanding how the human body works.
I believe that the dichotomy of doctor versus patient has come from the implied value given to a college education. I was raised to understand that a person goes to a doctor when he is sick because a doctor is the only person who can figure out what is wrong with patient and can prescribe medicine to fix the problem. This dichotomy was not exactly taught to me, but I picked up from a young age that doctors were people to respect and go to for help. I also grew up believing that the patient’s role was to follow the doctor’s advice if the patient had any hope of feeling better. I do not believe that I am the only one who grew up with this understanding of the dichotomy of doctor versus patient. I believe that this dichotomy was accepted as a logical conclusion in western society because there is proof that doctors have more education than the average patient (due to graduate school). If a patient believes that he is not as educated as his doctor, then the logical conclusion would be that his doctor should be the one giving the advice with little to no questioning.
Pill Poppers (BBC Documentary) [Video], accessed July 31, 2014, http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/147392/Pill_Poppers_BBC_Documentary/.