John Alexander AitkenBMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5191 (Published 20 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5191
- Christopher Turnbull
John Alexander Aitken died on the 3 August 2010 at the age of 81 years. A devout and open minded Christian, he was a highly respected and influential geriatrician whose long career firmly placed Clatterbridge Hospital as a centre for excellence in geriatric medicine. He was a highly respected professional who inspired all who came into contact with him. Although most of his contributions were to his local service, he was a role model to those he trained, and his influence is still seen in the work of leading geriatricians whom he educated.
He was born on the 29 March 1929, and was brought up in Stranraer, Scotland, where he was an active member of the Scottish Presbyterian Church. He qualified at Edinburgh University in medicine in 1952. Six months after qualifying he became a medical missionary in Nyasaland (modern day Malawi), before returning to train in medicine in Galashiels and in …