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.


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  1. Anya Odabasic says:

    For me, the doctor/patient dichotomy is probably one of the most important balances in life. Without this, illnesses and health mean a whole different thing. I agree with your statement that both the physician and the patient have the same outcome (to get the patient better) but take different paths to get there. For the physician it is especially important to understand this and to put themselves in the patient’s shoes. After seeing 10-15 patients a day with the same problem, the clinicians have to be careful not to become sensitized. Each 10 people are different and feel differently about what is happening to them, thus they have to be treated differently. Speaking from personal experience, I sometimes feel that doctors especially are so used to a routine visit that they forget they are dealing with real people. Most people don’t just want the prescription. Most want to know the side affects to the medications, how long it will take to treat the illness and what it will do to their daily activities, maybe even how they got the illness to be comfortable when leaving the appointment. Obviously the same explanations and treatment plans can’t be given to Sally who is 30 with 4 kids and John who is 19 and just starting college.

  2. Danielle Boore says:

    After reading this post it reminded me about the multiple times we talked about the roles of both the patient and doctor. Just like Moriah stated above referencing lecture 5. It was also discussed previously in lecture 4, the sick patient must acknowledge they are unhealthy and then they must submit to professional care. In order for a doctor to go about treating a patient the right way they have to know exactly, or as close to exact, what the patient is feeling so they can decide what approach to take. The people in need of help believe they are going to the doctor to be cured, but in order for this to be successful they need to describe their symptoms to the best of their ability in order to receive the right treatment. Also, after the doctor diagnosis’ a person with a specific illness it’s now the patients job to keep up with their prescribed medication. This dichotomy clearly shows that even though a doctor and patient have different roles they each still play a major part in the healing process. If someone believes that going to the doctor when they do not feel well is automatically going to make them feel better they will be very disappointed when they still are not healthy weeks later.

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