When talking about the culture of biomedicine I think it refers to the way illness and disease are treated within the biomedical system. It also has to do with the fact that there is an extensive process to practice medicine in this culture that is different from other cultures. The culture revolves around a prestigious position that holds power over the patient with medicine and treatments. I think this is an important concept because biomedicine is largely based off facts and I think that is something that is valued within a culture such as ours. It is also important because it lays a foundation for how to act appropriately as a doctor or as a patient. People understand in most cases that doctors have spent years cultivating their trade and it is expected that they make the right decisions based off this. In the doctor/patient dichotomy there are many different layers and circumstances that arise because of the way our culture uses resources. The patient is supposed to represent someone that needs help with a problem and has no clue what to do. They do not have the knowledge, training, or the ability to get medications in this current system. The doctor in a way is almost an inhuman form of help. I have noticed in our culture that doctors are supposed to almost be 100% healthy with no problems. Its like the patient expects the doctor to be like a computer where you punch in the problem and it spits out the solution. I think that this is accepted in our culture because of logic. It only makes sense to listen to a doctor because he or she has spent a great portion of their life studying for the day you walk into their clinic. This is true because we have a standard that is set in order to practice medicine. It is governed which is different that many medical practices from around the world.