Category: W5 Reflection

Healthy/Sick

Anthropologists have three main ways of looking at the culture of biomedicine. First is the institutional history of biomedicine which describes how biological facts change over time. Next is the language of biomedicine and how social values and ideologies are…

Doctor/Patient

The “culture of biomedicine” is the overall meaning that we give biomedicine in our society. This includes the institutional history of biomedicine, the language of biomedical facts, and the rituals of biomedicine. Events that are important to the history of…

Week 5: Reflection Post Prompt

Title: Choose a dichotomy in biomedicine to analyze further (e.g. life/death, nature/culture, male/female, mind/body, treatment/enhancement, doctor/patient, healthy/sick, etc.) Body: (300 words) What do we mean by the “culture of biomedicine” and why is this an important concept? Draw on the…