When I think of the culture of biomedicine I link it to how people in a particular culture view medicine/health. In more terms for some cultures they view medicine as a bad thing were in others it is something that can save your life. In many cultures they do not take medicines because they view it as something that weakens your body. In the western medicine we see it as a saver, example being penicillin to save the body from illness. Overall this is an important concept because your culture shapes the way you view biomedicine. Also not having the resources to get health care is another factor of how biomedicine can be sectionalizing within groups like the poor and rich.
The dichotomy I chose to analyze is healthy and sick because I think the way people view the two is very different. I view health as the internal and mental state of a person and how they feel, meaning if they feel and believe they are health then they are. Others may view it as being physically healthy inside and out without any care into how the person feels. Being sick to some can mean having being diagnosed by a doctor with a recognizable illness. I don’t agree with this western biomedicine term either, I think being sick is feeling ill even without a doctor telling you or agreeing with you.
I think this dichotomy is accepted in western society because they are complete opposite of each other and without one there is no way to have the other. We could not define sick if we don’t know what health is. Also in western medicine they both have broad definitions that contradict each other. An example being having a mental illness that can’t be real because it’s not the flu. Yet mental illness can be diagnosed and fixed, while the flu can sometime not be cured.