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The biography of Dr. Max Gerson, MD, originator of the famous Gerson Therapy for cancer and other chronic diseases, follows Dr. Gerson from his native Germany to the United States, his flight from the Holocaust, how he developed his therapy, and offers a lesson about what happens to the physician who would cure cancer. Called by Nobel Laureate Prof. Albert Schweitzer "one of the most eminent medical geniuses ever," Gerson is still considered a "quack" by the American medical establishment.


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  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Totality Books; 2nd edition (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976018616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976018612
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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89 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Paul on May 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book tells the fascinating story of the life of Dr. Max Gerson who developed a successful dietary-based therapy for the cure of degenerative diseases, particularly cancer. Written by Gerson's grandson, it presents a personal yet objective portrait of a unique personality who has been called "one of the most eminent geniuses in the history of medicine" by none other than Nobel Laureate Albert Schweitzer. And yet, due to the accidents of history and deliberate suppression of his work by the medical establishment, Gerson is today not well known outside the small but growing community of alternative medicine.
The book is very well written and tells an engaging story about a subject that could easily be deathly dull or sugared with personal family recollections. To the contrary, it is a crisp, fast-moving, narrative that slows down in only a few places where lengthy sources, including some of Gerson's writings, are quoted.
The book covers two parallel stories: First, the life of Gerson, and second, the step-by step discovery of the pieces of the therapy that bear his name.
Gerson was born in Germany (now Poland) in 1881, the son of well-to-do Jewish parents. He was the product of the world-renowned German medical universities who began his practice as a neurologist. The book portrays a reserved, sometimes shy, proud man whose intolerance for foolish and petty behavior in others often earned him a reputation for arrogance and the enmity of many colleagues. Gerson is also portrayed as an absent-minded professor of medicine who leaves the details of finances and the care of the home to his wife. His complete energy and the focus of his life was directed toward the curing of his patients.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By "elias8040" on August 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a wonderful and informative read. I found the storyline
portions to be riveting, especially the story of Dr. Max's escape from
the Nazis. Additionally fascinating were the historical facts of
Dr. Max's discoveries and disease-curing results and how they were
received by the mainstream medical establishments in Europe and USA.
The author's writing style is superb and very enjoyable to read.
I think that all readers will find the book interesting and will enjoy
learning Dr. Max's scientific & personal history and will recognize
the repeated chord the AMA strikes with regard to Dr. Max & the Gerson
diet. Also if readers follow recent health news & studies, they
have already seen many scientific studies
converging on the basic truths of Dr. Max's discoveries.
I strongly recommend this book and have bought copies for many friends
and relatives, and my primary-care MD... But in the
meantime, please buy your own copy and read it. It's a great book.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J. Ortiz on July 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
Here is the story of an authentic struggler; of a man of strict discipline and iron will; of a humble server of Humanity and courageous and strong defender of his profound convictions.

With the historical contexts provided by writer Barbara Marinacci, Howard Straus leaves the realm of his academic field with the noble purpose of doing justice to his grandfather in a biography that ought to be required reading in more than one college subject.

Its reading is not only beneficial for anyone who is curious about knowledge, but also for those who take courses on the history of medicine, on nutrition, and even on the History of Europe of the beginning of the past century. Its reading certainly is indispensable in the field of the research of cancer as a specialized and highly lucrative industry.

The smoothly flowing account is organized in two parts on a chronological basis "The European Years" and "The American Years." It begins with the years Dr. Gerson lived in Europe because it was there, in Germany, where he was born in 1881. It ends in America because it was in the City of New York, in the American hemisphere, where he took refuge with his family in 1936, without knowledge of English, after he anticipated the imminent Nazi's barbarian affront against Humanity.

Without sacrificing details and without being boring, Straus describes the life of animosities, persecution, rejections, and reprisals that doctor Gerson faced on the part of the so-called medical class ? as well as an attempt to kill him with arsenic ?for having dared to dedicate the power of his genial intellect to finding a cure for patients who had been sentenced to a certain death that their physicians believed to be imminent.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
After talking with Howard (the Author) during business, he piqued my interest in his new book. He sold me a copy and I read it in a few weeks, and I was very impressed. This book opened my eyes to a lot of things, mostly things that I already knew, but never quite pieced together like that. (You ever get that? Know something but have it never really hit you?) the practice with Nutrition, the way doctors behave it all sadly made so much sense.
This book is a tragedy in my opinion, a man constantly shot down for his efforts. But we should all learn from his example, Dr. Gersons efforts are not in vain for his legacy lives on in this book.
More on the book however, I love many of the metaphors and vocabulary used IE "The Exodus of the Ants". Also, the book contains information that should be in everyone's thoughts. Now the reason it took a few weeks to read is it drags along toward the middle (as biographies tend to do). Taking a break solves this, reflecting on the information you've read for a while then starting it up again.

I put it in my great book category, and have already lent it to many friends.
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