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Robert N. Butler, MD: Visionary of Healthy Aging

W. Andrew Achenbaum


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 research on “healthy aging” at the National In ... More

Keywords: Robert Neil Butler, psychiatrist, ageism, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Mount Sinai Hospital, International Longevity Center, healthy aging, gerontology, geriatrics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231164429
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164429.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. Andrew Achenbaum, author