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Harvey Club Executive for 2018-19 Harvey Club Meetings for 2018-19
President: Harvey Cheng 13 Oct 2018: Dr Victor Dzau (Talk: Vital Directions of Healthcare)
Past president: Harvey Bain     Nov 2018: TBD
President elect: Harvey McAlister     Jan 2019: Dr Ara Wardkes Darzi (Talk: TBD)
Secretary - treasurer: Harvey Etemad 12 Apr 2019:President Harvey Cheng  (Talk: Harvey oration)
Harvey Historian: Harvey McKellar
All meetings take place at the London Hunt & Country Club, Oxford Street West 
6:30 p.m. Cocktails -- 7:00 p.m. Dinner -- 8:00 p.m. Guest Speaker


Pictured above: Dr. Vivian McAlister, Prof. Shelley McKellar, Dr. Jack McDonald, Dr. Michael Grace, Daniel Stonjanovic, Michale Chen, Dr. John Sangster, Dr. rod Willis, Dr. Roya Etemad-Rezai, Prof. Shauna Devine at the 2018 History of Medicine Colloquium at Western
THANK YOU to the Harvey Club of London for supporting the History of Medicine at Western. See photos and prize winners from the 2018 colloquium here.


image of William HarveyThe Harvey Club of London is the oldest active medical club in Canada.  It is named after English physician William Harvey (1578-1657) who first explained the circulation of blood in human body using scientific approach and heralded the field of physiology.

Harvey Club of London in 1919Founded in part by Prof James W. Crane, the Harvey Club was initiated by a request from several London doctors to provide refresher courses. Two lecture series were held in the winter of 1918. Upon completion of the second series on February 27, 1919, a dinner was held at Tecumseh House. At the dinner, Dr. Edward Spence suggested that a group be formed and a constitution and charter be created to form a club.

The Harvey Club continues to this day, having evolved over the years with the growth of the London medical community.  The original objective of the club was to prepare, present and publish more scientific research papers – which it did –however broader interests in the sciences, professions, humanities and the world at large have also been encouraged.

Past papers and discussions of the Harvey Club include:

  • “Sporadic Cretinism (with report of a case)” by Dr  J.C.Lindsay, April 25, 1919
  • “Tuberculosis in School Children” by  Dr  J.H.Holbrook, Nov 14, 1925
  • “Is there a Solution for the Middle East” by Dr W. C. Heine, Nov 1984.
  • “Climate Change - Beyond Kyoto” by  Dr. G. MacBean, Nov 2002.

Harvey Club presidential gavelIt currently meets four times a year, and there are about 70 active and emeriti members.  The Harvey Club retains a presidential gavel, regalia cabinet, and motto.

ARCC Entrance DoorArchival material related to the Harvey Club of London is deposited at Western Archives, Western University and an online finding aid is available here.

Harvey Club of London Prize Silver PlateSince 2008, this group sponsors THE HARVEY CLUB OF LONDON PRIZE, which is awarded annually for the best medical student paper in the history of medicine at Western University.  This prize winner receives a monetary award and their name is engraved on a silver plate, which is on display in the History of Medicine office.  Read more about the Harvey Club of London Prize here.