The article gives a small reflection on the term human dignity which is sometimes used in medicine, but is not always
considered what is meant by the term. Together with the development of science and health technology health care
providers give more preference to physical aspects of human existence. Terms such as human dignity trail off their
vocabulary. More often we meet it in codes of ethics and in different proclamations then in discussion on concrete
patients. It is discussed in the text how we can understand the term from philosophical and practical perspectives and
how we can use it for the benefit of our patients.
human dignity, medical ethics, dignity in old age.