For this weeks reflection post I decided on the relationship between a Dr. and his/her patient(s). The phrase “culture of bio medicine” refers to the relationship between the physical biology of the human body in relation to the culture said body is in. Depending on where the body is can mean vast differences in the ways it is taken care of in a time of medical assistance. As cultures vary so to do the ways illness, health, and medicine are viewed. As the professor said in the first lecture these differences can change the relationships of the dichotomy’s in the medical field. I will be looking at the relationship between doctor and patient in the US and some changes that have been happening in recent years and their impacts on this relationship. As long as there have been traditional doctors, people have viewed them as authority figures in the field of medicine because they are well trained experts. Up until a few years ago there was almost no questioning this relationship that the doctor new best and the patient should take his/her word as law. Now with the introduction of WebMD and other public access resources available for free to anyone that can get on a computer, there has been a trend known as the expert patient. I short the term is referring to patients using doctors as a device to write the prescriptions they themselves have already decided they need via the internet. With this happening the original relationship is fading and doctors are seeming like less like expert and more like a bump in the road patients have to cross to get their treatment. I personally think it is alright for people to self prescribe themselves and there are a number of reasons why. First the medical system in the US is so upside down in that doctors are encouraged to sell as many pills as they can for profit. I mean its the same argument in that cops are encouraged to meet a quota of tickets per month. Why not just cut out the middle man. Don’t get me wrong there are tons of reasons why this will never happen i.e. drug abuse, lack of control, and misdiagnoses, but I think in some cases it might be better to cut out the middle man. Now as for the majority of medical problems I know for a fact going to the doctor is the better option. I think in most of these cases they are to specific doctors i.e. podiatrists, gerontologist, so on and so forth.