Culture of biomedicine is how a culture perceives medicine and their beliefs about it. In the United States culture medicine is practiced by someone who has studied itnfor years and learned it inside and out and usually has a title and degrees to back up their knowledge. It is also different levels of medicine, different doctors study and specialize in different aspects of it such as a bone doctir or a heart doctor. Some health care professionals have higher statys in medicine than others, for example, a nurse is lower in status than a physician’s assistant, and a physician’s assistant is lower than a doctor. Although, all aim for the same thing, better health care for all humanity and helping people. In other cultures they may believe in using rituals, or natural remedies and good spirits to heal people. Either method is not wrong, it is just about where you are in the world and what is practiced in that culture.
In lecture 5, it explains the role of a doctor and how doctors are perceived in this culture. It also discusses the role of a doctor and the role of a patient in this society and what is expected of both in the medical setting. With the study of medicine constantly changing and growing, the roles of a doctor and patient are always advancing and also changing as well. That is a good thing in my opinion because it keeps things updated with society.
A dichotomy would be described as a whole being separated into two interchangeable things that do not overlap. The two halves are similar in ways but also differ from eachother. They can be complete opposites but still be alike. I think a doctor and patient are thought of as a dichotomy because they both aim to get the same outcome but have different roles as to how to get to that outcome. A doctor administers care, a patient receives the care. This dichotomy is important because the role of both should be known in order for things to flow in the medical field. There must be some guidelines as to what each person has to do. That is what makes it logical in western society.