Person NameAitken; Lauchlan (-1886)
Dates -1886
HistoryLauchlan Aitken was born at Gartcows, near Falkirk, and after his fathers death moved with his mother to Heidelebrg, Germany. He returned to Edinburgh to take up medicine in 1861 and proved a model student gaining awards in anatomy, chemistry, botany, medicine, obstetrics, and medical jurisprudence and winning the Gilchrist Prize for an essay on Parthenogenesis. He obtained his degree with honours in 1865 and furthered his studies in Berlin, Vienna, and Paris. Upon his return to Edinburgh, he was appointed clinical assistant at Brompton and worked closely with Sir James Simpson. During this time he took an interest in obstetrics and gynaecology. For a time Aitken worked in Rome, which had a climate that eased his albuminuria, and did well there treating British and American visitors. He would meet his wife Fanny, daughter of Sir Thomas Bouch, in Rome as well. Aitken died there in 1886 after an attack of Bronchitis.

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