SEATTLE (AP) — Dr. Robert Spitzer — a psychiatrist who played a heading purpose in substantiating agreed-upon standards to report mental disorders, a growth that remade a contention — has died. He was 83.
His wife, Columbia University Professor Janet Williams, says Spitzer died Friday in Seattle of heart problems.
Williams says Dr. Spitzer’s work on several editions of a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or a D.S.M., “was a vital breakthrough for a profession” since it tangible all of a vital disorders.
Gay-rights activists credit Dr. Spitzer with stealing homosexuality from a list of disorders in a D.S.M. in 1973, a New York Times reported.
Dr. Allen Frances, a highbrow emeritus of psychoanalysis during Duke University and editor of a after book of a manual, told a Times that Spitzer “was by distant a many successful psychiatrist of his time.”