Biomedicine has many names and it explains health in terms of biology. It emphasized the importance of earning about body structure or anatomy, body systems or physiology in order to treat diseases and maintain health. The cultural studies of biomedicine are 1) institutional- change over time 2) language- natural/scientific and 3) the rituals. Biomedicine is culturally constructed and includes factors of nature and culture. Biomedicine is influenced by a person’s genetics, culture, environment, political economy and individual choice. This is an important concept because they realize and understand that illnesses can come from different aspects of your life. A person’s health is affected by numerous things not just biological factors. The culture of biomedicine is a very important concept when it comes to healing as well, you need to know how something has come about what steps you need to take to deal with it and how you can prevent it from happening again. The claim of universality believes that biomedicine is a direct reflection of nature and is of representation of a universal truth while the claim of objectivity believes that biomedicine is value-neutral and autonomous from cultural context and human influence.
Dichotomy is pretty much a distinct contrast between two things or objects that are represented as being opposed or completely different. I am not sure where it exactly came from but I know it is here to show the difference between two things. Dichotomy of male/female is very much accepted in today’s society because you have the direct distinction of sex and gender. With sex and genders of males and females we all know the roles. Sex is something that is biological it is something that you are born with. Also with sex it is your genetics, hormones and your physiology. On the other hand with gender, that is something that is socially constructed like your gender roles. With gender we associate different things with them like color (pink is for girls while blue is for boys), certain sports, chivalry, how a person should act (being ladylike). Everyone in America understands the difference between the two and how sex and gender ties to being a male or female.