Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H., is probably best known as the coauthor of The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons With Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss, the first book about caregiving directed at nonprofessionals. The book, originally published in 1981, is currently in its fifth edition and has sold more than 2.5 million copies.
The Peter Rabins Alzheimer's Family Support Center website features video conversations that "offer ideas and advice for Alzheimer's and dementia patient caregivers." His career has focused on the study of patients with Alzheimer's disease and their end-of-life care.
In his academic life, Rabins is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he has been on the faculty since 1978. In 2008, he was named the Richman Family Professor for Alzheimer's and Related Diseases. Rabins is also codirector of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry.
He has joint appointments at the Bloomberg Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Department of Mental Health.
In his clinical practice, he serves as director of the Geriatric Program and its Inpatient Unit and Mobile Treatment sections.
Rabins received a B.A. in political science from the University of Florida. He went on to earn his M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Tulane University and was a psychiatric resident at the University of Oregon.
His research focuses on the effectiveness of current therapies for Alzheimer's disease, the development of measures of quality of life in persons with Alzheimer's disease, and care of patients with late-stage dementia. Rabins is the principal investigator on a study to assess care decisions in late-stage dementia, funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Besides The 36-Hour Day, Dr. Rabins is also the author of Getting Old Without Getting Anxious: A Book for Seniors, Loved Ones, and Caregivers.
He has also written more than 230 articles and book chapters.