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.

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  1. Jesse Miller says:

    It is important to have the dichotomy of male vs. female because the differences between a male person and a female person might not be too large but it could cause a difference in treatment or medicine to be required. Clinicians need to understand this difference between people because of the different diseases that occur in each sex; you would not want to check a female for prostate cancer and you would not want to check a male for cervical cancer, those being the most obvious physical differences. Another reason is that both sexes are more predisposed towards certain diseases then the other, so it might be a good choice to talk to each separate sex about their chances of developing certain diseases in comparison to the opposite sex which might not have a high chance of developing it; that being a disease like breast cancer for women. Being able to determine sex might also be useful for the clinicians because patients would feel more comfortable being examined by a doctor of the same sex as they are. Clinicians should also recognize the differences in sex because the physical differences might make them have to use a different dosage of medicine, or even a different kind of treatment depending on what their bodies might be able to take.

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