A prolific author, he devoted his career to guiding and helping physicians understand how to provide compassionate care.

CAPC is saddened by the passing Dr. Eric Cassell, a distinguished medical ethicist who devoted his career to helping physicians understand how people experience illness and pain.

A professor and prolific author of hundreds of articles and multiple books, he urged fellow doctors to shift priorities beyond curing their patients’ diseases to caring for their overall well-being.

“Eric was, in my mind, the intellectual father of palliative care,” said Dr. Susan Block, a professor of psychiatry and medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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