Robert N. Butler, MD: Visionary of Healthy Aging

Robert N. Butler, MD: Visionary of Healthy Aging

by W. Andrew Achenbaum

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Robert Neil Butler (1927–2010) was a scholar, psychiatrist, and Pulitzer Prize–winning author who revolutionized the way the world thinks about aging and the elderly. One of the first psychiatrists to engage with older men and women outside of institutional settings, Butler coined the term "ageism" 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 development—aspects he documented in his pathbreaking research on "healthy aging" at the National Institutes of Health and in private practice. He set the nation's age-based health care agenda and research priorities as founding director of the National Institute on Aging and by creating the first interprofessional, interdisciplinary department of geriatrics at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital. In the final two decades of his career, Butler created a global alliance of scientists, educators, practitioners, politicians, journalists, and advocates through the International Longevity Center.

A scholar who knew Butler personally and professionally, W. Andrew Achenbaum follows this pioneer's significant contributions to the concept of healthy aging and the notion that aging is not synonymous with physical and mental decline. Emphasizing the progressive aspects of Butler's approach and insight, Achenbaum affirms the ongoing relevance of his work to gerontology, geriatrics, medicine, social work, and related fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231535328
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 08/13/2013
Series: NONE
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

W. Andrew Achenbaum is professor of social work and history at the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Houston, where he holds the Gerson and Sabina David Professorship in Global Aging. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Spirituality and Health and the John P. McGovern M.D. Center for Health, Humanities, and the Human Spirit at the University of Texas Medical Center. His books include Social Security: Visions and Revisions; Crossing Frontiers: Gerontology Emerges as a Science; and Older Americans, Vital Communities: Toward a Bold Vision of Societal Aging.

Table of Contents

1. Life Review
2. The Formative Years
3. A Professional Apprentice
4. Forging Washington Connections
5. Butler at the National Institute of Aging
6. Expanding the Scope of Geriatrics
7. Recasting the New Gerontology Through the International Longevity Center
8. America's Aging Visionary
Appendix: Prologue or Introduction to Life Review

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