Culture of biomedicine is what the individual believes, each culture has their own beliefs of what biomedicine is. In western culture we define this as the Doctors having the authority to prescribe the medicine to the patient because they are qualified to do so. In other cultures people take home remedies or herbs to alter their illnesses and dieases. This an important concept because as individuals from a western culture we believe that this is okay because they have went to school to learn about things in depth. As times passes, we learn more and technology is advancing rapidly. For example, when small pox occurred doctors were trying to find remedies to the solution, patients just wanted to stop the pain. Since there has not been a outbreak for many years if this occurred again Doctors would know how to treat the diease with stronger vaccines than before. The materials from this week lecture 5 it discusses how our culture and views allows us to find how Doctor and patient live on a dialy basis in the health environment. Medical anthropolist are able to see how things evolve and change. My personal view of dichotomy is defined as dividing a whole, therefore having two different parts, however having similar qualities or abilities. These views have came from being a pateint and pursuing the field of medicine as an aspiring physician. Dichotomy it is important for this to occur because things are better when there is a clear definition between something. This is why its important for a Doctor to have a good relationship with their patient, this gives them the ability to trust each other to handle the problem. Culture in today society believe that all Doctors are healthy all the time, in fact that is not true. When they become ill they sick another Doctor to assist them which in turns again starts Doctor/patient dichotomy. In western society this dichotomy is widely accepted because roles are prevalent. We believe that things should be categorized, everything should have an place. For example, pink is for women, blue is for men. Sick people should be in a hospital, people who are not ill are free to do things freely.

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  1. James Conwell says:

    I think that your discussion on the dichotomy between doctors and patients touched on some important factors in their relationship. I think that clinicians need to fully understand their role when interacting with patients. Clinicians, especially ones that are trained in western medicine, must understand how much power that they have over their patients. Physicians have knowledge that very few other individuals have, and ill patients are often in a vulnerable position. As a result of their knowledge physicians have a large amount prestige in our society, and thus there is a potential for abuse of this dichotomy. Clinicians should instead believe and accept that it is their role to help the sick, and to heal their patients. I think that if they take a strict view of being a healer, and do no harm to their patients, then clinicians can truly be the healers they are supposed to be. This would include giving treatments that will help their patients with their ailments, as well as helping patients understand their health and illnesses. However, if clinicians accept this strict dichotomy as fact, then the potential for abuse still is there. If a physician is trained in an abusive form of medicine, or truly believes that an abusive practice is beneficial for their patient, then they would believe they would have the right to do practice, which is a dangerous precedent. Ultimately, physicians must be trained in medicine in a way that allows them to accept the doctor/patient dichotomy, while not using abusive practices.

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