Healthcare and Biological Time

By Kavita Kumari

Throughout the course, On Time & Its Value, there is a main theme—Time is complicated. People can answer the question “What time is it?” by instantly looking at a clock or a watch. Also, people can answer the question “What is time?” in terms of years, months, weeks, or days. Time is a social construct that influences us as much as we influence it. Specifically, time has a major influence in the healthcare field in terms of biological time. As a tool, time shows the relationship between our bodies and the world.

Interestingly, time plays a major role in terms of a life span. As defined in Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the medical definition of a life is “the duration of existence of an individual.” The idea of duration is very important in regards to time. People may not understand the idea of existence, yet people can measure existence through time. A life span can refer to the period between life and death. People are born at a certain time, develop over the period of years, and die at a certain time. In terms of health care, our bodies reflect our development and our growth. We can look at our bodies as personal time keeping objects. Our bodies are reflections of ourselves and the world.

In relation to time, the topic of menstrual time is very interesting. Menstruation is different for every woman. It affects their bodies through hormonal and physical changes. Now, physicians may use menstruation as an indicator for a woman’s health in terms of her body. Also, it affects how they interact with the society. Menstruation relates to pregnancy. At a point in her life, a woman considers the possibilities of having children or raising a family. In the healthcare field, women’s health is a major topic in terms of screenings, therapies, and treatments. Today, women are starting to have such conversations openly to understand the role of time on their bodies.

Today, mental health is a prevalent topic, especially when talking about trauma. Trauma is a very severe experience that can be triggered at any moment. Traumatic experiences can also affect how people see the world and themselves throughout their whole lives. Trauma may result in physical and emotional stress, usually in the form of mental health disorders. People are instantly brought back to the past from the present, distorting their perception of time. People visualize and experience trauma through their own bodies. Through biological time, physicians can understand how trauma impacts people throughout the course of their lives.

Hence, understanding the relationship between healthcare and biological time is very important. Biological time is one answer to the question of “What time is it?” or “What is time?” It affects how we perceive our bodies in the world. By seeing our bodies as personal time keeping objects, we can understand how our bodies play a role in the healthcare field. This idea promotes conversations about medical advancements, support options, and treatments for patients. For medical professionals, understanding the connection between biological time and healthcare will enhance the access, duration, and quality of healthcare for patients.