Southey was a nephew of Romantic poet Robert Southey, and the fifth son of medical doctor Henry Herbert Southey. A graduate of Christ Church, Oxford, he studied medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital before travelling the world. He went on to serve as a member of the Lunacy Commission from 1883 until 1898. He was Gulstonian Lecturer in 1867.
- Southey's cannula. whonamedit.com
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