Maynard Murray earned his B.S. in 1934 and M.D. from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1936. He spent two postgraduate years in internal medicine, then three-and-a-half in ear, nose and throat surgery. From 1937 to 1947, he taught physiology and directed experiments at Cincinnati College of Medicine, studied law at night school and was learned in medical hypnosis.
In 1947, Murray moved to Chicago to begin a 25 year medical career in ear, nose and throat. Experiences with patients aroused his concern for the quality of life. While Americans lived longer, medical practice revealed they weren’t living better. Chronic illness and degenerative disease steadily increased.
“A large portion of our lifetime and resources are spent to combat illness and withstand aging,” Murray wrote. “Paradoxically, that despite the great variety of foods developed to nourish our life we still suffer degenerative diseases and fall prey to aging long before optimum lifespan is reached.”
Pointedly, he wrote, “Americans hold the dubious distinction of being among the sickest of populations in modern society. A nation with a drug industry flourishing as well as ours certainly cannot claim good health!”
Along his 45 year journey, Murray was actively engaged with farmers to learn agriculture. Later, he operated a successful vegetable farm. His research led him to a key to the cause, treatment and prevention of cancer.