This paper deals with the concept of the person and its necessity in health care and health curricula. Specifically it looks at aspects of both the biological and social sciences. Further, there is some suggestion that for caring professionals in particular the concept of the person requires more analysis than purely a‘common sense’ everyday meaning and use, and that there is some requirement for sorting out and understanding the difference and the interconnections of the two terms ‘human’ and ‘person’. This first proposal will be followed by a further paper that discusses in more detail the distinction between the two terms and the moral issues that derive from the centrality of use of the concept of the person by the health professions.