The culture of biomedicine refers to how our society interprets the natural-science principals of clinical medicine. In the lecture this was discussed in three ways. First we referred to the history of the institution and how it changes over times, second we discussed the language of biomedicine, and third are the rituals and activities in biomedicine. The way that doctors and nurses interpret medicine also contributes to this culture of biomedicine and effects treatment in many ways. This is a very important concept in medicine and anthropology because it allows us to further understand how medicine is administered and understood in western culture. This culture of biomedicine varies geatly in cultures so to understand this highly influences how we treat and understand illnesses.
I think that by using dichotomies in biomedicine, it allows us to understand issues more clearly because it simplifies them. By comparing two topics in biomedicine we can more logically interpret the differences and more clearly understand the issue at hand. I think they are useful but often that can simplify things too greatly. Medicine is often not just black and white but rather involves several things to take into account.
The dichotomy I find very interesting is the Male/Female dichotomy. It can become very difficult to determine sex simply by outward appearance and cultural norms. Many people identify with one gender but according to clinical medicine are the opposite sex that usually corresponds to that gender. It is important to understand this dichotomy in clinical medicine because many medical issues can be solved with better understanding of a person’s sex and gender.
This dichotomy is accepted as logical in western society because it is helpful in treating patients however there is still a lot of unknown and poorly understood aspects of this dichotomy that need to be researched and solved in the upcoming years.