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Biographical entry Aikin, Charles Arthur (1821 - 1908)

MRCS Feb 3rd, 1848; FRCS Dec 9th, 1858; LSA 1843.

11 February 1908
Llandrillo, North Wales, UK
General surgeon


Only son of Charles Rochemont Aikin [1] (1775-1847) - "Little Charles" of Early Lessons, written by his aunt, Mrs Barbauld - by Anne, daughter of the Rev Gilbert Wakefield, a well-known scholar. Charles Arthur Aikin was the grandson of John Aikin (1747-1822), the Unitarian doctor and friend of Joseph Priestley, who wrote the Biographical Memoirs of Medicine in Great Britain and published a general biography in ten volumes.

Charles Arthur was educated at University College School and received his professional training at Guy's Hospital. He married early, and lived at 7 Clifton Place, Sussex Square, where he soon formed a large practice and made an extensive circle of friends. He retired about 1891, and after living for a few years longer in London he went to live with a son at Llandrillo, North Wales, where he died on Feb 11th, 1908, leaving a widow, three sons, and a daughter.

[Amendment from the annotated edition of Plarr's Lives at the Royal College of Surgeons: [1] See TRACTS DY AIK + see New DNB.]

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit. Med. Jour., 1908, i, 482].

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