Knowles, Frederick W(ilfred) (1911– )
German physician and surgeon who wrote on psychic healing.
Knowles was born on June 7, 1911, in Berlin. He studied
at the Royal College of Surgeons, England (member 1950), and
the Royal College of Physicians (licentiate 1950). His medical
practice took him to Canada, India, New Guinea, Australia, and
New Zealand as well as to England. He was a life member of the
Society for Psychical Research, London, and a charter member
of the Parapsychological Association.
Knowles’s studies on psychic healing included Indian yoga
techniques, hypnosis, and phenomena formerly known as
mesmerism. In addition to his medical and anatomical papers,
he published articles on paranormal healing.
Sources
Knowles, Frederick W. ‘‘ESP Today.’’ Corrective Psychiatry
and Journal of Special Therapy 12, no. 2 (March 1966).
———. ‘‘Psychic Healing in Organic Disease.’’ Journal of the
American Society for Psychical Research 50, no. 3 (July 1956).
———. ‘‘Rat Experiments and Mesmerism.’’ Journal of the
American Society for Psychical Research 53, no. 2 (April 1959).
———. ‘‘Some Investigations into Psychic Healing.’’ Journal
of the American Society for Psychical Research 48, no. 1 (January
1954).
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.

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