The British Medical Association (Hong Kong Branch) was founded on 15 November, 1890. The Council of The British Medical Association recognized the Branch on 14 January, 1891. The establishment of the Branch was reported in the British Medical Journal on 24 January, 1891.
Three of the Founding Members of the Association's Hong Kong Branch were Sir James Cantlie, Sir Patrick Manson and Prof. G.P. Jordan. In 1887 these three doctors, together with Aberdeen graduate Sir Ho Kai of Hong Kong, had established the Hong Kong College of Medicine, the first college of Western medicine in the city.
Sir James Cantlie
Sir Patrick Manson
Prof. G.P. Jordan
Sir Ho Kai
When Sir James Cantlie was professor of anatomy and surgery at the Hong Kong College of Medicine, one of his students was Sun Yat Sen.
Sun Yat Sen graduated at the top of his class in 1892 and subsequently practiced medicine in Hong Kong.
In 1896, when Dr. Sun Yat Sen was kidnapped and incarcerated in the Chinese Embassy in London, England, Sir James Cantlie played a crucial role in bringing about the release of his former student. Dr. Sun Yat Sen went on to become the first President of the Republic of China in 1912.