The “culture of biomedicine” is the way that biomedicine has impacted the way western society responds to and interacts with illness and treatment. The culture of biomedicine is studied through its cultural influence, the history of biomedicine, as well as the authority of biomedicine. It is important because it is a huge part of US culture and the way we look at medicine as a whole.
I have never been one to look at situations as black or white. I view strict dichotomies as an unrealistic way to expect a real-life situation to be. There are always varying factors, things we don’t take into account, and gray areas. I like to try and find reasoning as to why something would be classified in a certain way, and with that investigation arises new information that sometimes can change the way you view a certain situation.
This leads me to the dichotomy of healthy versus sick. Calling someone “healthy” or calling someone “sick” are ambiguous terms. To me, deciding to draw a definitive line between sick and healthy would be rather difficult, considering people have many different opinions on what those two options would entail.
I can see why this dichotomy would be accepted and logical in western society. They are easy blanket terms for the way a person is feeling. However, they do not explain the magnitude of health or illness, which is where I question the dichotomy model. You may describe someone with a cold as “sick”, but also may describe someone with terminal cancer the same way. Of course, the two are on very different playing fields when it comes to sickness. The person with a common cold will likely return to normal health within days due to their in tact biological processes. This is why I like to see the gray area between two things, rather than settle for just this vs. that in a dichotomy model. I do not know exactly where this view came from, perhaps my experience in a hospital where I have seen varying levels of illness, and felt wrong classifying vastly different cases under the same term.