Osler Society


A joint session of the Osler Society & the Local Officers of Reproductive and Sexual Health of the CFMS Global Health program
"The History of Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues in Medicine"
Tues Nov 28 -- 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.
DSB 1002 (London) and MEB 1115 (Windsor)


Visiting Special Guest Dr. Jeffrey Baker, Duke University at October 3 meeting:


"Alternative Facts, Alternative Stories: Talking to Patients Who Don't Trust Science"
From climate change to nutritional science, more and more people question scientific consensus when they disagree with its findings. We'll try to understand the dynamics of this story by focusing on the rise of the modern anti-vaccine movement. Why has this movement become so powerful since the 1980s? To what extent is it different than the small pox anti-vaccination movement that peaked just over a century ago? Most importantly, we will look at how vaccine opponents make use of history, and discuss how we might respond. 


Welcome Meeting 2017

Osler Society members

The Osler Society at Western is pleased to present Dr. Mindy Schwartz from the University of Chicago at this year's Welcome Meeting. Dr. Schwartz will give a talk "Leeches: Old Medicine is New" on September 12 at 12:30 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided and all are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held in the History of Medicine office, Health Sciences Addition, Rm. 041.


Join this History of Medicine Club

Organized by and for medical students, activities range from visiting history of medicine speakers, student-led medical history discussions, faculty-assistance with research projects, and more! All medical students welcome.

Co-Presidents for 2017-18:

  • Katherina Baranova, Meds 2020
  • Kishor Johnson, Meds 2020
  • Matthew Lund, Meds 2020

Past Co-Presidents for 2016-17:

  • North de Pencier, Meds 2019
  • Ariel Gershon, Meds 2019

Faculty Facilitators:

  • Professor Shelley McKellar
  • Professor Shauna Devine
  • Professor Paul Potter


About the Osler Society at Western

“Fostering a greater appreciation of the history of medicine and its role in medical education”

The Osler Society at Western was founded as a permanent historical society at Western’s Medical School in the 1920s. It is named after Canadian doctor William Osler (1849-1919), who emerged as the ideal modern physician for his stance on the importance of practical instruction teaching in the laboratory, at the bedside and in the morgue. Osler’s The Principles and Practice of Medicine became a landmark textbook, going through eight editions in Osler’s lifetime and sixteen in total, and established him as the authority in modern medicine. His lay sermons include ethical and moral lessons relevant for physicians past and present.

Building on earlier traditions of the Medical Historical Society, the Osler Society at Western facilitates exchange among medical students and faculty through their engagement with various themes in the history of medicine. Facilitated by the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, this club is run by and for medical students and meets 5-6 times a year.

Osler Society founding members

Archival material related to the Osler Society of London is deposited at Western Archives, Western University and an online finding aid is available on the Western Libraries website.


Photos from previous events

Osler Soceity Kicks off 2015/16 Season

Osler Society Trip to Banting House and Osler Society Military Session