Biomedicine is medicine based on biological facts and that study of anatomy and physiology of the human body. Biomedicine is the main form of medical approach in the west. The culture of biomedicine is studied by anthropologists and evaluated in three sectors: institutional history, language of biomedicine, and ritual of biomedicine. Under institutional history of biomedicine, they study how facts and truth change overtime. How social values are perceived, either as natural or scientific facts are studied in the language of biomedicine. Lastly, the ritual of biomedicine studies the patients and healthcare providers and their interactions with biomedicine overtime. The culture of biomedicine is very important in understanding all things related to biomedicine. Understanding the culture makes the practice specific to a society or individual.
To me dichotomy is weighing two concepts that are opposite from one another. It stems from very controversial aspects or viewpoints. Based on ones culture, a certain illness may be looked at as a blessing or a sign of power. While in other cultures it may be a sign of unhealthiness. For example, obesity as explained in previous lectures. In some African cultures, being over weight is a sign of wealth. However, in the United States it is very unhealthy and leads to many diseases.
I chose analyze the dichotomy of life and death. This dichotomy is very controversial in the culture of biomedicine. Life and death is defined based on an individual’s views of what they consider each is. For instance, the topic of abortion, some people may consider the fetus to be a life while others believe that birth is what defines life. On the other hand, if a patient is in a coma, they are considered brain dead. To some people that person is dead, while to others that person is still alive since they still have a beating heart. The dichotomy of life and death can be different base on particular views and cultures.