Lives of the fellows

Thomas Harrington Tuke

b.13 June 1826 d.9 June 1888
MD St And MRCS FRCP Edin FRCP(1868)

Harrington Tuke was the son of Edward Francis Tuke, M.D, a specialist in the treatment of the insane, and, after studying at Edinburgh, St. George’s Hospital and Paris, he followed in his father’s footsteps. In 1846, a year before qualifying, he took charge of the Manor House, Chiswick, a private asylum founded by his father. Tuke, who in due course developed a large private practice, gave evidence at many of the causes celebres in lunacy of his day. He was also a witness before parliamentary select committees concerned with amending the lunacy laws. He was the first to introduce nasal feeding of the insane. He held office as secretary and president of the Medico-Psychological Association and was an honorary member of foreign medical societies. A devotee of the fine arts, he had a particularly warm admiration for Landseer. He married in 1852 Sophia Jane, second daughter of John Connolly, F.R.C.P, of Hanwell, and had five sons and one daughter.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1888; B.M.J., 1888]

(Volume IV, page 167)

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