After reviewing the class lectures and materials for this week, my understanding of the “culture of biomedecine” in our Western society is the way in which we apply medical practices into our society to enhance peoples lives. Our Western culture relies heavily on medications and promotes the use of biomedicine to patients to enhance their life. This promotion of biomedecine is beneficial for pharmaceutical companies and they feed off of that from consumers who are looking to enhance a certain aspect of their life. The patients are labeled as the consumers who use the biomedicalization of medicine to enhance their lives to be the best that they can be. Such enhancements can include sleeping pills for people who suffer from insomnia or dieting pills for people struggling with obesity. We put such emphasis on being healthy and relating that to being successful in life, that it leads to more people wanting to better themselves by taking part in the culture of biomedecine.
Dichotomies are all around us. For me, I believe that a dichotomy is two opposite concepts that have a distinct separation between them. Some examples of dichotomy mentioned in lecture were nature/culture, male/female, and life/death. I chose to analyze life and death. There are many grey areas between life and death that were mentioned during lecture. Some of these grey areas were is the person considered alive if they are hooked up to a respirator and a feeding tube. It all depends on what your view is of life and death. For me, a person is alive if they have a heartbeat and is breathing. A person can be alive, but may be unable to think for themselves or move around. Death is when their heart stops beating and they take their last breath. I think this dichotomy is accepted as logical and natural in western society because although there are some grey areas, for the most part, life and death has a significant distinction between them.