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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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However, he was allowed to continue treating people while held in jail. Arigo was staying at the same hotel as the senator, who had recently learned that he rksty suffering from a cancerous tumour which required immediate treatment. When he was 30 years old Arigo began suffering from depression, and experienced fierce headaches, nightmares, sleep-walking and hallucinations. Call it a hoax, call it sleight of hand – but read the book first, and judge surteon after you’ve seen the evidence.

Jose Arigo – Alleged Psychic Surgeon and Healer – Eye Surgery and Lasik Houston

Unfortunately, the publicity and fame which Arigo’s abilities attracted brought him the unwanted attention of the Brazilian government, who, in the spring ofarrested him for practicing medicine without a license, despite pleas from thousands of his patients. He then collapsed, and subsequently stated that he could remember nothing of the operation.

He gained a cult following in his homeland and was considered as a miracle worker able to cure any disease. Andrija Puharich, shot 8 silent movies of Arigo in action while he was on his Brazilian expedition.

During the brief operation Margues also claimed he saw the scissors moving alone, as if being taken by another hand, and described hearing ‘the sound of metals and tissues being cut. This is the documented account of a man who cured hundreds of thousands of sick and dying and yet was prosecuted by the government under which he lived and ostracized by the church in which he fervently believed. CongonhasMinas GeraisBrazil. Wanda Gonzalez rated it liked it Aug 09, Page rated it did not like it Jun 22, I will of course leave it up to you to decide what you think of this.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He used the grains of salt to good effect through the book, and with the 16mm film shot in the remote village and brought back as evidence, he wrote down the story.

Apparently, Arigo and his family were gathered round the bed of a female r elative dying from cancer of the uterus. This example of psychic surgery was filmed, along with many of Arigo’s operations at this time, and showed Ario slitting Puharich’s arm with an unsterilised penknife, removing the growth and slapping it in Puharich’s hand.

He treated almost every known ailment, and most of his patients not only survived but actually improved or recovered. Seamus rated it it was amazing Mar 23, Stunned, Cruz and the girl’s father waited for the expected hemorrhaging, only to see a mere trickle of blood coming out of the wound. The senator passed out only to awake the next morning to find his pyjama top slashed, blood on his chest and a neat incision in his ribcage. Surgeon of the Rusty Knife to Puharichso the theory goes that it must also have been easy to fake for the uneducated Arigo.

Arigo: Surgeon of the Rusty Knife

The records still held at th John G. The Wilde brothers both died violently in car crashes, while Queiroz was stabbed to death in His family was very poor and he could only study up to the third grade of school. To sureon his surgeries Arigo opened a small clinic in his home town of Congonhas do Campo, where he would carry out his swift operations free of charge.


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.

To me the epitome of his work is The Airmen who Would Not Die, because the evidence for that case of communication with the dead is incontrovertible.

A few days later on 11 January he was killed in a car crash. He possessed no medical knowledge whatsoever, worked in unsanitary conditions, and used only rushy hands, a rusty knife or occasionally a pair of scissors; his only concession to cleanliness was to wipe his knife on his shirt before and after surgery.

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

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At the age of 14 he began working at a mine where he worked for 6 years. For many years he wrote a regular column for the Saturday Review magazine, called “Trade Winds”. Some time in early January Arigo began telling his arlgo and associates, including former President of Brazil Kubitschek, that they would not see him again, as he would soon die a violent death. Fullers book about the case see sources. It also must be borne in mind that Arigo never at any time accepted payment for his services, he had to maintain his day job in order to provide for his thw.