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The Formative Years

W. Andrew Achenbaum

in Robert N. Butler, MD: Visionary of Healthy Aging

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164429
eISBN:
9780231535328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164429.003.0002
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter describes Robert Butler's experiences growing up in the Great Depression. He suffered extended bouts of poverty, separation from parents, a grandfather's sudden passing, and his own ... More


Robert N. Butler, MD: Visionary of Healthy Aging

W. Andrew Achenbaum

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164429
eISBN:
9780231535328
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164429.001.0001
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

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 ... More


Forging Washington Connections

W. Andrew Achenbaum

in Robert N. Butler, MD: Visionary of Healthy Aging

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164429
eISBN:
9780231535328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164429.003.0004
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter details Robert Butler's life and career in Washington, D.C. between 1963 and 1975, from his departure from the National Institute of Mental Health to his start at the National Institute ... More


America’s Aging Visionary

W. Andrew Achenbaum

in Robert N. Butler, MD: Visionary of Healthy Aging

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164429
eISBN:
9780231535328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164429.003.0008
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter focuses on Robert Butler's later years. Butler lived the productive, healthy lifestyle in old age that he prescribed for others. He treasured “the preciousness of life and especially the ... More


Life Review

W. Andrew Achenbaum

in Robert N. Butler, MD: Visionary of Healthy Aging

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164429
eISBN:
9780231535328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164429.003.0001
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter describes Robert Butler's efforts to overturn conventional wisdom about aging. In the 1960s, psychiatrists and other health-care professionals often presumed that mental, physical, and ... More


Butler at the National Institute on Aging

W. Andrew Achenbaum

in Robert N. Butler, MD: Visionary of Healthy Aging

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164429
eISBN:
9780231535328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164429.003.0005
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter focuses on Robert Butler's new role as founding director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Butler brought vision, energy, passion, tact, and survival instincts to his new post. ... More


Expanding the Scope of Geriatrics

W. Andrew Achenbaum

in Robert N. Butler, MD: Visionary of Healthy Aging

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164429
eISBN:
9780231535328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164429.003.0006
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter describes how Robert Butler, as director of the National Institute of Aging (NIA), sought to expand the scope of geriatrics. Butler recommended that training people to care for the aged ... More


Recasting the New Gerontology through the International Longevity Center

W. Andrew Achenbaum

in Robert N. Butler, MD: Visionary of Healthy Aging

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164429
eISBN:
9780231535328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164429.003.0007
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter details Robert Butler's establishment of the International Longevity Center (ILC) at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in 1990. Butler's wide-ranging agenda at ILC built on priorities at ... More


A Professional Apprentice

W. Andrew Achenbaum

in Robert N. Butler, MD: Visionary of Healthy Aging

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164429
eISBN:
9780231535328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164429.003.0003
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

Robert Butler decided to become a gero-psychiatrist, an unusual career choice in the 1950s given that very few psychiatrists were interested in mental illnesses afflicting the aged. But far from ... More


Epilogue

W. Andrew Achenbaum

in Robert N. Butler, MD: Visionary of Healthy Aging

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164429
eISBN:
9780231535328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164429.003.0009
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

Current and future students of human aging are faced with the task of determining the best approaches to harvest the fruits of Robert Butler's productivity. Butler constructed a paradigm for a New ... More


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