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The Tuckey Family and Homeopathy

October 27, 2008

Tuckey coat of
armsThe Tuckey family contributed two homeopathic consultants and two allopathic physicians. One of them became the first hypnotist in Britain.

Abraham Tuckey (?-?) **?brother of **Thomas P Tuckey Physician at the Bantry Union Hospital 1853.

Charles Caulfield Tuckey (1819-1895) father of Charles Lloyd Tuckey Licentiate in Midwifery 1839, LRCS Dublin 1840, AB MB Dublin 1841, Physician to Castletown Roche Dispensary, Surgeon at the Manchester Homeopathic Hospital, member of the Dublin Medico Chirurgical Society, member of The Northern Homeopathic Medical Association and Physician at the Preston Homeopathic Dispensary.

Charles Caulfield Tuckey practiced in Bow Lane, Fishergate Hill, Preston, and he also practiced in Canterbury.

In 1858 a Festival in aid of the London Homeopathic Hospital was held with many Aristocratic and minor gentry patrons attending, alongside Dr. Ayerst, William Bayes, Hugh Cameron, Edward Charles Chepmell, William Vallancy Drury, George Napoleon Epps, Arthur Guinness, Edward Hamilton, Frantz Hartmann, Amos Henriques, Joseph Kidd, Thomas Robinson Leadam, J Bell Metcalfe, Frederick Hervey Foster Quin, Henry Reynolds, John Rutherford Russell, Charles Caulfield Tuckey, George Wyld, Stephen Yeldham, and many others.

Charles Caulfield Tuckey’s Obituary is in The British Homeopathic Journal in 1895.

Charles Caulfield Tuckey wrote A Dialogue on Homeopathy.

Charles Lloyd Tuckey (1855-1925) MB Aberdeen 1875 son of Charles Caulfield Tuckey Assistant Physician to the London Homeopathic Hospital, member of The British Homeopathic Society, Physician at the Margaret Street Infirmary,

Charles Lloyd Tuckey resided at 88, Park Street, Grosvenor Square, London.

Charles Lloyd Tuckey was interested in hypnotism, and in 1880, Charles Lloyd Tuckey visited Ambroise Liebeault in order to observe his work with hypnotism, and he became the first Briton to study and adopt the the Nancy School and to become a pioneer of hypnotism in this country.

Charles Lloyd Tuckey attended an International Homeopathic Assembly in 1881 where he spoke for Spain.

Charles Lloyd Tuckey was a correspondent of Richard Francis Burton, who wrote to thank Tuckey for the gift of a copy of his _Psycho-therapeutics_.

In 1890, William James recommended that his sister Alice James (who was also the sister of Henry James junior) consult Charles Lloyd Tuckey (Jean Strouse, Alice James, (Harvill, 1980). Page 308. See also Alice James, Leon Edel (Ed.), The diary of Alice James, (Penguin Books, 1 Jan 1982). Page 222). See also Am J Psychiatry 1982 139: 1079).  

William James arrived from America in September 1891, to see Alice James of course, but also in time to see Henry James junior’s play, The American *( See also Richard Warrington Baldwin Lewis, [The Jameses: a family narrative](,* (Anchor Books, 1993). Page 466. ‘… Always yearning for success in the theatre, James converted The American to a play in the early 1890s. This dramatic version altered the original novel severely, and even ended happily to please theatre goers. The play was produced in London and other English cities, and enjoyed moderate success…’ Alice James quipped ‘… The American died an honourable death, on the 76th night…’) on the English stage, before returning to America.

Alice James was strangely content, and under constant treatment from Charles Lloyd Tuckey. She described his treatments as ‘… the pawnings of an amiable necromancer…’ and accepted them gratefully, as they successfully diminished her pain. She had however, quite decided to die, and she informed him of this quite vociferously when he told her she could ‘… live a good bit still…’ Alice James also accepted hypnosis therapy from Charles Lloyd Tuckey at the suggestion of William James, and she wrote to him to inform him of her progress:

‘… Supposing that your being is vibrating with more or less curiosity about the great hypnotic experiment on Camden Hill, I report progress. As far as pain goes the result is nil, save on four occasions the violent resuscitation of a dormant toothache, a wretched dying nerve which demands an agony of its own… What I do experience, is a calming of my nerves and quiescent passive state, during which I fall asleep, without the sensations of terror which have accompanied that process for so many years, and I sleep for five or six hours, uninterrupted. But then, I slept like a dormouse all last year before taking morphia. Katherine has very much better results than Tuckey… We were fortunate in our ignorance to have fallen upon an experienced doctor as well as a hypnotists. He seems to be much penetrated with my abnormal susceptibility and says that to put me actually asleep would be a very risky experiment. He seems to look upon the reckless use of it as absolutely criminal. He is only coming once this week and then he will die of course, a natural death. My pains are to much a part of my substance to have any modifications before the spirit and the flesh fall asunder. But I feel as if I had gained something in the way of a nerve pacifier and one of the most intense intellectual experiences of my life…(Francis Otto Matthiessen, The James Family: A Group Biography, (Duckworth Publishers, 2008). Page 283)…

Charles Lloyd Tuckey was a member (Janet Oppenheim, The Other World: Spiritualism and Psychical Research in England, 1850-1914, (Cambridge University Press, 26 Feb 1988). Page 246) of the Society for Psychical Research in the 1890s. He was also a member (Alex Owen, The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern, (University of Chicago Press, 1 Mar 2007). Page 117) of The Golden Dawn alongside Edward William Berridge and Robert Masters Theobald.

Charles Lloyd Tuckey’s Obituary is in The Journal of the Society for Psychical Research in 1925.

Charles Lloyd Tuckey wrote The Value of Hypnotism in Chronic Alcoholism, Treatment by Hypnotism and Suggestion, Treatment by suggestion, The applications of hypnotism, Psycho-therapeutics, Hypnotism and Disease with Hugh Crichton Miller - the founder of the Tavistock Clinic, and articles and cases to The British Journal of Homeopathy, The American Journal of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children, The Medical Record , __The North American Journal of Homeopathy_ and _The British Medical Journal_. _

Thomas P Tuckey 1818? - 1893? ?brother of Abraham Tuckey of County Cork, Ireland, Physician of the Bantry Union Hospital 1885, wrote a paper on The Preventative Treatment of Cleft Palate and Hare Lip, and he sent the statistics of the Bantry Union Hospital to America where they were published by the American Foundation for Homeopathy in 1849.


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