This class has opened my eyes, and really made me appreciate and understand different cultures all around the world a lot better. Because I was born in, and have been raised to go to, the hospital in times of need, science and medicine has always been something I depended on. My parent’s aren’t doctors and can’t have the answers to everything, so that’s always something I’ve understood. I’ve never judged other cultures, for their medical choices, I really just don’t think I understood why they wouldn’t want to be updated with modern medicine that could save their lives. This could also be that I’m not very religious, and I’ve learned that many other cultures are very spiritually deep rooted. Like the Hmong and Inuit culture that we learned about in one of our week’s topics, they had very set ways about living their lives. The cultures all had ancestors that would live this same lifestyle thousands of years ago, and they wanted to respect that. A big issue was in childbirth and how to go about having your child. I think this week’s topic was most interesting because there are so many views on what cultures think is right, and it’s a choice that most people have to decide at some point in their lives. For most people this is the first big decision and they want to follow what they’ve seen to be right, which is usually through their parents or other family members. Some very religious people want their placenta after childbirth to then burry it so the baby’s spirit has somewhere to go when they eventually pass. This is something that modern medicine doesn’t really deal with, and doctors can’t really relate because they’ve learned how to save a life the best they can.
I’m definitely glad I decided to take this class, because it was very practical and relatable to real world situations. Most classes in college are asking for your opinion versus another opinion but this class allowed me to look at the other opinion first. This is something that I think is beneficial not only in looking at other people’s medical decisions, but viewing others cultures and respecting them.
As I mentioned in my movie review, I think a beautiful mind would be a good movie to incorporate in this class. The scene especially that would work well is when the doctor is discussing treatment plans and kind of making the decision for John Nash, the patient. This is something that I really felt the class was all about; educating doctors not only to save a life, but respect the wishes of different cultures, and take a different approach on every single patient. Overall this was a very interesting course and I will definitely use my new knowledge moving forward in college, and in life!
Gabriel, Cynthia, PH.D. “Inuit Birth” Lecture, Online, August 16, 2016.
Howard, Ron. A Beautiful Mind. DVD. Directed by Russel Crowe. 2001. , 2001.