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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company; New edition edition (18 Oct. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892814373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892814374
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 626,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"From simple peasant to highly respected healer, Messegue walks us through his world with grace, honesty, and humility." --"Northeast Herb Association"

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iona Main Stewart TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
This autobiography of the famous phytotherapist or "healer" as he termed himself, is one of the most readable books I've encountered for a long time.

Mességué recalls his boyhood years in the Gers, where his nature-loving father taught him everything he knew about plants - the optimal times to pick them, how to prepare them, and last but not least how to use them, and which ones to use, to cure people of their specific infirmities.

From an early age - at school - the boy Maurice himself began to make his own preparations and treat whomever he might come across who needed help in alleviating uncomfortable symptoms.

Eventually, celebrities, heads of states and the whole world flocked to this gifted "healer" to be cured by him. He cured the "incurable" of their plaguing maladies, took no payment from the indigent, and refused to treat those with cancer, MS or other serious, life-threatening symptoms so as not to offer false hope and leave himself open to accusations of fraud. He insisted on recommending that these patients consult their doctors and undergo surgery or seek other traditonal forms of treatment.

Throughout his life Mességué was continually hauled into court on charges of practicing medicine unlawfully, though hundreds of witnesses attested to his "miraculous" cures.

He regales us with innumerable, entertaining tales of his encounters with, and treatment of, both his renowned and enormously wealthy and his impecunious patients.

The book includes an appendix listing the herbs to be used for various diseases, but I lacked a similar list of plants recounting the properties of each one.

It contains valuable knowledge about plants and their curative qualities, but I for one would find it diffcult to implement this knowledge.

But to sum up, this is a knowledgeable, useful and entertaining book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An entertaining book by a knowledgeable author 30 April 2010
By Iona Main Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This autobiography of the famous phytotherapist or "healer" as he termed himself, is one of the most readable books I've encountered for a long time.

Mességué recalls his boyhood years in the Gers, where his nature-loving father taught him everything he knew about plants - the optimal times to pick them, how to prepare them, and last but not least how to use them, and which ones to use, to cure people of their specific infirmities.

From an early age - at school - the boy Maurice himself began to make his own preparations and treat whomever he might come across who needed help in alleviating uncomfortable symptoms.

Eventually, celebrities, heads of states and the whole world flocked to this gifted "healer" to be cured by him. He cured the "incurable" of their plaguing maladies, took no payment from the indigent, and refused to treat those with cancer, MS or other serious, life-threatening symptoms so as not to offer false hope and leave himself open to accusations of fraud. He insisted on recommending that these patients consult their doctors and undergo surgery or seek other traditonal forms of treatment.

Throughout his life Mességué was continually hauled into court on charges of practicing medicine unlawfully, though hundreds of witnesses attested to his "miraculous" cures.

He regales us with innumerable, entertaining tales of his encounters with, and treatment of, both his renowned and enormously wealthy and his impecunious patients.

The book includes an appendix listing the herbs to be used for various diseases, but I lacked a similar list of plants recounting the properties of each one.

It contains valuable knowledge about plants and their curative qualities, but I for one would find it diffcult to implement this knowledge.

But to sum up, this is a useful and entertaining book which contains much knowledge.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
someone who should be famous! 20 Jun. 2000
By lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
maurice messegue was a healer in Europe who without the benefit of modern medicine, captured the attention of Europe by his healing powers and like another healer, E. Cayce, was a humble unassuming man. Get this book if you need to remember and validate the non-ordinary which is not always valued in this culture
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amaizing book 12 Mar. 2012
By minchi - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the autobiography of the great healer of the 20th century.Every herbalist and medical doctor should have it. Alla
the impossible made real 4 May 2013
By rotciv - Published on Amazon.com
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In truth this real life story is as good as the best novel. What is most stunning are the real life incidents
that he experienced, as stunning as the best movie. Let me put it like this:
If a scriptwriter had written this it would probably have been considered over the top!
I do think the ending could have been more specific as it gradually fades followed by a listing
of the healing methods he used but this is a small gripe. I actually intend a second reading.
VM
Great story and advice combined 9 Mar. 2013
By amariel - Published on Amazon.com
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I had the good fortune to actually meet this man. His book is a very interesting memoir that gives the reader with a glimpse of French culture in former times. It's a compelling true story. He also provides his "recipes" for medicinal plants.
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