What’s up with Max Gerson?

A 1978 article by the late Max Gerson still makes people sit up in wonder. It was published ? a remarkable 19 years after his death ? in the journal Physiological Chemistry and Physics.

Gerson perfected the chemico-physiological theory and practice of the coffee enema. By his theory, cancer is caused by poisons accumulating in the body. Thanks to Gerson, we are assured that coffee enemas can extract those poisons, thus curing cancer. And thanks in no small part to the enematic Prince Charles, Gerson?s views on poisons continue to insert themselves into the public discourse and elsewhere.

This stirring passage can be found amidships in our February 2005 column (the first in an occasional series) in Chemistry World.