Max Gerson

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Max Gerson (born October 10, 1881 in Wongrowitz , German Empire , † March 8, 1959 in New York ) was a German-American doctor and inventor of the controversial Gerson therapy , which was supposed to help against migraines and other diseases such as tuberculosis and cancer .


Gerson was born in 1881 in Wągrowiec, then part of Germany. He studied human medicine in Breslau , Würzburg , Berlin and Freiburg im Breisgau . He became a doctor for internal and nervous diseases in Bielefeld . In 1930 he worked at the Urban Hospital in Berlin. As a Jew , he fled Germany in 1933 and first emigrated to Vienna , where he worked at the Westend Sanatorium , in 1935 he went to France and finally in 1936 to the USA, where he settled in New York City and became a US citizen. Gerson died of pneumonia in 1959.


  • Joseph Walk (ed.): Short biographies on the history of the Jews 1918–1945. Edited by the Leo Baeck Institute, Jerusalem. Saur, Munich 1988, ISBN 3-598-10477-4 .

Individual evidence

  1. unproven methods of cancer management. Gerson method of treatment for cancer . In: CA Cancer J Clin . 23, No. 5, 1973, pp. 314-7. doi : 10.3322 / canjclin.23.5.314 . PMID 4202045 .
  2. New York Times , March 9, 1959, p 29. "Dr. Max Gerson, 77, Cancer Specialist".