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Arigo has 31 ratings and 3 reviews. Heikki said: John G. Fuller led an interesting life. As a reporter he became known for his powerful and clear prose t. This is an excerpt from “Arigo: Surgeon of the Rusty Knife” by John G Fuller Now, this was a long ass explanation and you might be wondering. But your review of my forthcoming book, Arigo: Surgeon of the Rusty Knife by Martin Gardner [NYR, May 16] has gone so far beyond calumny.

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Neerav Shah rated it really liked it May 20, He made thousands of correct diagnoses without even examining the patient. When Fuller turned to the case of Arigo, the uneducated man suggeon claimed to perform surgery under the tutelage of a Dr Fritz a quite dead entityhe packed a pound of salt before embarking on the trip to the Brazilian jungle.

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Arigo: Surgeon of the Rusty Knife by John Grant Fuller Jr.

W ith the prie st about to administer the last rites Arigo suddenly ran out of the room into the kitchen, grabbed a knife came back and thrust it swiftly into the woman’s vagina. Puharich’s research into the Arigo revealed that such operations as he had undergone himself were commonplace. He lay her down on the newspaper covered floor and made a quick incision, apparently into the girl’s liver, with his penknife. Debunkers have suggested that Arigo never pierced the patient’s skin at all, but probably pinched or rolled it back over the area to be operated on, placed his hand under the roll of skin and ‘removed’ a piece of bloody animal tissue he had concealed in his clenched fist, or perhaps under the operating table.

He then collapsed, and subsequently stated that he could remember nothing of the operation. Call it a hoax, call it sleight of hand – but read the book first, and judge only after you’ve seen the evidence. Sometimes a penknife passed over a lighter would do. Currently, Rubens Farias Jr, a former Sao Paulo engineer and computer programmer, claims to be the channel for the spirit of Dr.

Fuller ponders long and hard whether this is true. When he was 30 years old Arigo began suffering from depression, and experienced fierce headaches, nightmares, sleep-walking and hallucinations.

Thomas rated it liked it Aug 06, Among those he healed were the educated, famous, and wealthy as well ruwty the poor and desolate. Izz rated it really liked it Jan 06, Arigo was staying at the same hotel as the senator, who had recently learned that he was suffering from a cancerous tumour which required immediate treatment.


Other eminent individuals taken to Arigo to be treated were Brazilian President Kubitschek’s daughter, his pilot and the head of his security police, all of whom reportedly came back cured from the great healer. The records still held at the British Society for Psychical Research are complete and verifiable. Fuller wrote The Great Soul Trial about the disappearance of Arizona Miner James Kidd and the later trial regarding his will, which left his fortune to anyone who could prove the existence of the human soul.

He comes to the conclusion that thw not explainable by modern man takes place when Arigo goes to work on a man with a tumor in the throat and in five seconds flat has the bulging cancer growth in surgson dirty enamel dish. It Is a fact that both Brazilian and American doctors have verified Arigo’s healings and have taken explicit color motion pictures of his work and operations. It is a fact that there would be no ensuing infection, even though no antiseptic was used.

Wanda Gonzalez rated it liked it Aug 09, He was to serve seven months of a month prison sentence, though he was allowed to continue treating people while held in jail.

Iris Perla rated it did not like it Apr 14, Psychic surgery is admittedly fairly easy to duplicate, at any rate for a trained stage magician like James Randi who on his website mistakenly attributes J. The doctor would start with a prayer and then preach about the ill effects of drinking and smoking to all those who were gathered. He wiped the women’s eye with it and she was cured.

For many years he wrote a regular column for the Saturday Review magazine, called “Trade Winds”. One day he felt that the voice that had been pursuing him took over his body, and he had a vision of arjgo bald man, dressed in a white apron and supervising a team of doctors and nurses in an enormous operating room.

Puharich’s studies included tests on the blood from tissue Arigo had removed from patients, in order to ascertain that it did indeed belong to the person who had been operated on. This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat He possessed no medical knowledge whatsoever, worked in unsanitary conditions, and used only his hands, a rusty knife or occasionally a pair of scissors; his only rjsty to cleanliness was to wipe his knife on his shirt before and after surgery. There is no evidence to prove the existence of a doctor of that name, however many mediums have claimed to be channeling his spirit.


Arigo had only a third grade education and no medical training whatsoever, yet rusyt flocked to the small village where he lived from all over Rustg and South America, indeed from all over the world, to be cured by him. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Fritz Arigo claimed that he performed his operations whilst in a trance state possessed by or channelling the spirit of a German doctor called ‘ Tusty Adolphus Fritz’, who had apparently died induring World War I. According to his autobiographyaround he began to suffer from strong headachesinsomniatrancesand hallucinations.

Arigo: Surgeon of the Rusty Knife

His topics too, from lost nuclear weapons to price-fixing in the electrical industry to UFOs, cover quite a range. Mama Mouse rated it it was amazing Apr 25, This example of psychic surgery was filmed, along with many of Arigo’s operations at this time, and showed Ario rsty Puharich’s arm with an unsterilised penknife, removing the growth and slapping eusty in Puharich’s hand. During his operations he supposedly embodied the spirit of Dr.

A biopsy of the growth which Arigo had removed confirmed that the growth was indeed cancer. He performed hundreds of operations daily without antiseptics – usually with an ordinary kitchen knife or jackknife – without anesthetics, without tying off blood vessels, without major bleeding, without any of the benefits of modern science. No trivia or quizzes yet. Overwhelmed by his seemingly miraculous cure Bittencourt started talking about it to his friends and associates and even included it in his political speeches, thus leading to instant fame for Arigo.

Kevin rated it really liked it Apr 04, Copyright by Brian Haughton. Fo has allegedly performed numerous surgeries for aurgeon ranging from cataract to malignant tumors — all with the help of his rusty knife. Arigo’s early Psychic Surgery According to the story, instate senator Bittencourt apparently invited Arigo along with some other miners to attend a rally in the city of Knifd Horizonte.