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The “radical physician” speaks out

The “radical physician” speaks out

Dr. Michael Klein will deliver a free lecture based on his career of challenging the medical system, on Sept. 21 at Chatelech Secondary in Sechelt. BC Women’s Hospital photo

The Sunshine Coast ElderCollege presents the annual Clifford Smith Memorial Lecture with Dr. Michael C. Klein: “Challenging the Medical System: The Career of a Dissident Doctor”, on Saturday, Sept. 21. The free lecture starts at 2pm at Chatelech Secondary in Sechelt. All ages are welcome.

Refusing to serve as a doctor in the American military during the Vietnam War, Dr. Klein came to Canada in 1967 where he established a family practice and became a professor and researcher at McGill University.  Dr. Klein is feted in the medical world for his research and practice that challenges conventional medical wisdom.

Characterized as a radical physician, Dr. Klein has worked and researched in family practice and maternity care. He has been a critic of the health sector, often questioning the value of standard medical procedures. In addition to his insights and innovations, Dr. Klein will address the need to protect our health care system from the push for more private care.  Such a push risks destroying the basic equity that he characterizes “as the finest expression of ourselves as Canadians.”

Dr. Klein is professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia where he teaches in family practice and midwifery.  Career highlights include headships of the McGill Department of Family Practice and Vancouver’s Children’s and Women’s Hospitals. He is the recipient of multiple lifetime research awards as well as the Order of Canada.  Dr. Klein currently divides his time between Vancouver and Roberts Creek.

Sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Credit Union and School District 46, this memorial lecture is named after the late Clifford Smith, a widely respected educator and superintendent of schools for many years with School District 46, and a former Chair of ElderCollege who was a passionate advocate of lifelong learning.


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