The culture of biomedicine is how we as a culture treat biomedicine and how biomedicine influences different aspects of our culture. Generally, in western culture, biomedicine is treated as a universal truth and is thought of as being more effective and sound than other approaches to medicine, such as holistic treatments or faith healing. It is also viewed as being separate from our culture and separate from human influence, however, biomedicine is influenced greatly by our culture. For instance, people in western culture have begun to do more investigation and research on their own instead of automatically believing whatever their doctor says as they did previously by using internet sites like WebMD and others to do their investigation. This is an important concept because by understanding how biomedicine is influenced and influences our culture, we can further understand why biomedicine is the way it is.
My personal view on the dichotomy of life and death is that life begins between conception and birth and that death begins when either the heart stops or the brain stops functioning. These views are partially based on how important I believe organ donation is and organ donation cannot be made possible without people willing to donate their organs should they become brain dead. Brain death occurs when the brain stops functioning and the person suffering from brian death must be put on life support for them to continue to survive. Organ donation is only possible when an individual is brain dead because blood must continue to flow through the vessels to the organs in order for them to keep from decaying and to be viable for organ donation. Without organ donors, many people would have their lives cut short because of failing organs. I believe life begins between conception and birth because, though a baby may not be born yet, as they are growing and developing in the womb, they are still technically a living being. I believe this dichotomy is accepted as true in western society because of our beliefs influenced by biomedicine.