I think that the term “culture of biomedicine” explains health in terms of the biology aspect. Based on what I learned in lecture”culture of biomedicine” is an important concept because it examines and emphasizes the importance of the anatomy (body structure) and physiology (body systems) in order to maintain health and treat diseases. Culture is used to outline the reasons why we base our medical system on biomedicine. Culture of biomedicine is also used for social ideals which has an influence on the treatment of patients and prevalence of biomedical symbols. I believe that in order for a person to truly understand and be able to evaluate biomedicine; western culture has to first be considered. With that being said culture has to be taken into account because biology can’t be the only determining factor of biomedicine.
Although I never heard of the term “dichotomy” until this lecture, I am somewhat familiar with this concept based off of what I learned from this lecture. Some of my personal views on dichotomy are that dichotomies were created in order to characterize and distinguish between two groups that are of opposites. I think that my views of dichotomies may have derived from everyday life. From the time you are born you abide by societies standards of how a boy or girl should act.
I think that dichotomies arise from the assumption that seem logical, natural and true in western society based off of the gender roles in which we are assign to at birth; male and female. Due to our different gender roles and our sex it makes it logical to accept dichotomy. Western medicine believes that there is a physical separation between males and females. In my opinion this assumption comes from our culture and is determined based on biological and cultural factors.