Arigó, José (1918–1971)
Pseudonym of José Pedro de Freitas, a Brazilian psychic
healer who performed surgical operations without proper instruments
or anesthetics. Arigó, who claimed to be directed by
the spirit of ‘‘Dr. Adolpho Fritz,’’ performed complex operations
at top speed with an unsterilized pocket knife. In 1957 he
was sentenced to imprisonment for illegally practicing medicine
but was pardoned by the president of Brazil. He was again
sentenced in 1964, with an additional charge of practicing
‘‘witchcraft’’ (presumably to account for his uncanny successes),
but the case was reviewed the following year and Arigó was released
before serving his complete sentence. He was killed in
a road accident six years later. (See also Psychic Surgery)
Sources
Fuller, John R. Arigó Surgeon of the Rusty Knife. New York
Thomas Y. Crowell, 1974.
Playfair, Guy Lyon. The Flying Crow. London Souvenir
Press, 1975. Reprinted as The Unknown Power. New York Pocket
Books, 1976.
Valentine, Tom. Psychic Surgery. Chicago Henry Regnery,
1973.

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