Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 197–205 | Cite as

Medicine and technology. Remarks on the notion of responsibility in the technology-assisted health care

  • Waldemar Kwiatkowski
Scientific Contribution


The introduction of the modern diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to the medical practice provided a new challenge for the medicine. The art of medicine, with its default purpose of acting for the benefit of health, is therefore required to derive from technological progress effectively and rationally. As a result, the medical ethics has been engaged with the rules of economy and management of deficit medical procedures as well as their rational and fair distribution. The above suggests, that medics, given these recourses, should approach each patient with a consideration to their therapeutic rights. However, the physicians cannot just concentrate on the good of one particular patient, but must take into account joint responsibility for the good of a potential patient. This makes medical ethical dilemmas similar to the ethical issues of business. The notion of responsibility is the key for discriminating these two kinds of ethics.


Responsibility Hermeneutics Dialogue Medical ethics Business ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BioethicsMedical University of LodzLodzPoland

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