The culture of biomedicine is described as the western philosophy of looking at healing as a scientific process. Physicians and nurses in our hospitals are part of this cultural system. Biomedicine is the process of looking at the human body through anatomical and physiological scopes, treating the mind and body as two separate entities. In the western world, we observe medicine as a scientific process. In class, we have study various other medical practices where human body and mind are more than just scientific anomalies, but also connected to a soul. Other cultures look at the mind, body, and soul as one big picture. To treat one you must also take the others into account.
Dichotomies in biomedicine help create standard divisions that allow us to simplify differences and processes that may be a bit arbitrary or difficult to understand. An example is male vs female as two genders in western philosophy. Other cultures have more genders or fewer genders. For example, in India there are three categories of gender where individuals can legally identify themselves as transgender on government documents. The division of gender is western society is currently accepted as two groups, male and female. These groups are acceptable when studying biomedicine from an anatomical perspective. Yet these divisions fail to recognize growing societal trends such as differing sexual orientations, the role of a man and a women in a relationship, and much more. Traditional roles of sexuality tie greatly into this dichotomy and fail to address certain aspects of society that may not have been seen as a norm in the past. This includes individuals of transgender orientation. Do they identify as a man or women based on their physical appearance or based on what they believe themselves to be. I believe that these divisions will shift as western society becomes more open and acceptable to different sexual orientations and gender identifications, following the trends of many other cultures around the world.