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Harvey Club Executive for 2018-19 Harvey Club Meetings for 2018-19
President: Harvey Cheng 17 Oct 2018: Dr Victor Dzau (Talk: Vital Directions of Healthcare)

President Elect: Harvey Schulz

14 Nov 2018: Dr Vivian McAlister (Talk: The forgotten engineer of the medical response to the Halifax Explosion)
Past president: Harvey Bain 6 Feb 2019: Dr Robin Keirstead, University Archivist (Talk: Treasures of Western Libraries)
Secretary: Harvey McAlister 12 Apr 2019: Harvey Cheng, Harvey Oration Dinner (Black-tie with partners)
Treasurer: Harvey Etemad
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


Celebrating 100 Years

In 2019 The Harvey Club of London will celebrate its 100th anniversary. 

Centenary activities underway include:

Spring 2019:  Launch of the Harvey Club centennial drive to support the History of Medicine rare book collection at Western Libraries.

Spring 2019: Western Libraries exhibition: Harvey Club at 100.

13 Jun 2019: Harvey Club expedition to London UK: tour of Royal College of Physicians (Harvey's academic home); joint meeting with Osler Club of London (black tie dinner); visit to House of Lords with lunch or dinner.

Fall 2019: Harvey Club expedition to Shakespeare Festival, Stratford ON. 

More information will be available in time. 


Harvey McAlister (left) and Harvey Cheng (right) present Centenary Guest Speaker Dr Victor Dzau with plaque in appreciation of his talk on October 17, 2018.

 Our History and Activities

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.