This paper does not pretend to be a biography, an obituary or a eulogy. My sole reason for its presentation is my deep affection for Aitken, which has extended over many years, and I hope that I may make him seem real to those who did not know him and refresh the memories of those who knew him well.
In many respects Aitken was an extraordinary person. He was a member of no dermatologic society other than the Section of Dermatology and Syphilis of the New York Academy of Medicine, the sessions of which he attended irregularly and only as a listener. He refused all offices and did little, if any, writing; yet he was considered one of the most eminent clinicians in New York and second to none in diagnostic ability. In my opinion, based on intimate contact with him for twenty years, this seeming neglect of
BECHET PE. J. FRANCIS AITKENAN APPRECIATIVE SKETCH. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1936;33(6):1052–1054. doi:10.1001/archderm.1936.01470120103013