Refusing to serve as a doctor in the American military during the Vietnam War, Michael C. Klein came to Canada in 1967. He began his life as a dissident doctor in Montreal where he established a family practice and became a professor and researcher at McGill University. Klein led a landmark study which demonstrated that episiotomies, routinely performed in hospitals during delivery of babies, caused the very problems it was supposed to prevent. With a person-centred focus in his practice, Klein has been a critic of the health sector, questioning the value of standard medical procedures, and becoming a champion of midwifery before it was approved in Canada. In his first book, Dissident Doctor: Catching Babies and Challenging the Medical Status Quo, Klein describes his push for change, intermingling personal stories with professional ones, with insight and humour.
Michael will be in conversation with his son Seth Klein, former director of the BC Centre for Policy Alternatives.