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Cairns Aitken

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 04 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1942
  1. Bruce Ritson

Cairns Aitken was born in Dunoon and attended Sedbergh School. After qualifying in medicine he obtained a commission in the Royal Air Force (1959-62) and joined the Institute of Aviation Medicine in Farnborough, where he developed an interest in flying phobias. During this time, he had the fascinating experience of visiting NASA in its very early days, to hear the astronaut John Glenn on his return from space give his report to US President Kennedy and the nation.

Cairns trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in London. He returned to Scotland in 1966 as senior lecturer in the department of psychiatry and …

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