London Medical Historical Association

London Medical Historical Association
Medicine Becomes Science
In 1981, upon his arrival to London, Dr Vladimir Hachinski, Professor of Neurology at the University of Western Ontario, established the London Medical Historical Association (LMHA) with Hannah Professor in the History of Medicine Paul Potter.  It was Dr Hachinski's experience as President of the Toronto Medical History Club that led him to repatriate the idea to London in February that year: the Toronto institution had been instigated in 1924 by the Western Professor of Pharmacology, James Wellington Crane.
Between 1981 and 2005 the LMHA held 163 meetings, with lectures on a wide range of topics presented by scholars from London and far beyond.  In 2005 the minutes of these meetings were collected and reprinted as a remembrance of the past and a stimulus for the future.  Since 2005 the series of meetings has continued, first with Prof Paul Potter as perpetual secretary, and recently under the leadership of Dr Seyed Mirsattari and Prof Shelley McKellar.  Inquiries may be directed by email to
Recent and Upcoming Talks

Dec 1, 2015

William Hyde Wollaston: Physician and Scientist  

-- Based on Professor Mel Usselman’s book Pure Intelligence: The Life of William Hyde Wollaston (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

Speaker: Dr. Paul Potter

Mar 25, 2015

The Medical Profession and Lay Healers in Mexico   

Speaker: Professor Luz Maria Hernandez-Saenz

Jan 28, 2015

“Life is short, the art is long” Hippocrates then and now  (summary)

Speakers: Drs. Paul Potter (then) and Vladimir Hachinski (now) 


A Short History of Medicine