Robert N. Butler, MD

Robert N. Butler, MD

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Robert Neil Butler (1927a€“2010) was a scholar, psychiatrist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who revolutionized the way the world thinks about aging. One of the first psychiatrists to engage with older men and women outside of institutional settings, Butler coined the term a€œageisma€ to draw attention to discrimination against older adults and spent a lifetime working to improve their status, medical treatment, and care. Early in his career, Butler seized on the positive features of late-life developmenta€”aspects he documented in his pathbreaking research on a€œhealthy aginga€ at the National Institutes of Health and in private practice. He set the nationa€™s age-based health care agenda and research priorities as founding director of the National Institute on Aging (1976a€“1982) and by creating the first interprofessional, interdisciplinary department of geriatrics at New York Citya€™s Mt. Sinai Hospital. In the final two decades of his career, Butler forged a global alliance of scientists, educators, practitioners, politicians, journalists, and advocates through the International Longevity Center. A scholar who knew Butler personally and professionally, Andy Achenbaum follows his significant contribution to the concept of healthy aging and the notion that aging is not synonymous with physical and mental decline. Emphasizing the phenomenally progressive aspects of his approach and insight, Achenbaum affirms the ongoing relevance of Butlera€™s work to gerontology, geriatrics, medicine, social work, and other related fields.New England Journal of Medicine 310:1477a€“80. Hine, C., L. ... a€œHoward Fillit MD: Executive Profile aamp; Biographya€”Business Week.a€ Business Week. ... INPEA web. Ignatieff, M. 1997.

Title:Robert N. Butler, MD
Author:W. Andrew Achenbaum
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2013-08-20


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