Emanuel Tuckman

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 22 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2314
  1. Emanuel Tuckman

Emanuel Tuckman (“Manny”) was released from military service when he volunteered civilian medical relief with Friends Service Unit and United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) in central China. During his two years there he treated hundreds of children and young adults for the fatal kala-azar (visceral leishmaniasis).

On his return he helped set up the first group general practice. Most patients were young families rehoused on a newly built council estate. He held a BMA research scholarship and published papers on subjects of close interest to general practitioners. He was one of the first GP trainers and was medical officer on the first Aldermaston march.

He was one the nine GPs awarded a Nuffield travelling fellowship and spent six months in the USA studying psychosomatic disorders in children. His doctoral thesis was on backward readers.

He was a keen supporter of the NHS and never had a private patient. During his more than 40 years in practice, he maintained the family doctor tradition of being responsible for patients at all times. For many years after retirement, he volunteered a weekly lecture on medical topics at the University of the Third Age.

Predeceased by his sculptor wife, he leaves a solicitor daughter and biomedical student grandson.


Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2314


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