Noted Psychiatrist Robert Spitzer Dies At 83


CREDIT: Associated Press / Dr. Robert Spitzer died Friday in Seattle

 

Associated Press | Huffington Post | December 27, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) — Dr. Robert Spitzer — a psychiatrist who played a leading role in establishing agreed-upon standards to describe mental disorders and eliminating homosexuality’s designation as a pathology — died Friday in Seattle. He was 83.

Spitzer died of heart problems, said his wife, Columbia University Professor Emerita Janet Williams.

Dr. Spitzer’s work on several editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the D.S.M., defined all of the major disorders “so all in the profession could agree on what they were seeing,” said Williams, who worked with him on D.S.M.-III, which was published in 1980 and became a best-selling book.

“That was a major breakthrough in the profession,” she said.

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