Ethics and health care quality. Philotecnia versus philanthropy

  • José Geraldo De Freitas Drumond Universidad Estatal de Montes Claros


The medical profession has the ethical practice of the virtue of excellence. There have been since Hippocrates two ethics: the "philotechny" and the philanthropy. The first refers to the ethics of the technique and the latter, to the humanistic ethics. Nowadays, excellence results from training ande intellectual fromation acquired along formal education whose purpose is to assist a social demand, bringin satisfaction to anyone im need of it. Modern technologies are justified only if they are conditioned to an effective improvement of life quality and health of human beings and don’t represent a form of domination and usurpation of medical culture through machines, or even patient’s submission to the ideology of scientic logic of the market, which contributes to the unjustified profits for the health industry and its disregard concerning prudent assessment of the relationship between costs, risks and potential benefits to be received by the patient.

Author Biography

Profesor Titular de Bioética y Ética Médica de la Universidad Estatal de Montes Claros, Minas Gerais, Brasil. E-mail:

Keywords ethics, excellence, technology and health quality
How to Cite
De Freitas Drumond, J. (2010). Ethics and health care quality. Philotecnia versus philanthropy. Acta Bioethica, 16(2). Retrieved from