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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. What they uncovered was a story that defies belief and yet it is a true story. This is the documented account Dust jacket notes: 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.

This is the strange and wonderful story of Arigo – one of the greatest healers of all time. Arigo had only a third grade education and no medical training whatsoever, yet thousands flocked to the small village where he lived from all over Brazil and South America, indeed from all over the world, to be cured by him.

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.

He made thousands of correct diagnoses without even examining the patient. He wrote thousands of prescriptions which were pharmacologically accurate but in unusual combinations and potency. And, one after the other, patients left his primitive ‘clinic’ cured. He saved many with cancer and other fatal diseases who had been given up as hopeless by leading doctors and hospitals in many of the most advanced countries. He performed the most excruciatingly painful procedures without any discomfort to the patient.

Among those he healed were the educated, famous, and wealthy as well as the poor and desolate.

He never charged for his services or would accept any remuneration. Arigo’s healings were witnessed by both Brazilian and American doctors. Among the latter was Henry K. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Arigoplease sign up. Since Arigo, Surgeon of the Rusty Knife was a Reader’s Digest condensed book back when Reader’s Digest had a huge paid circulation — and more importantly, a huge “pass-along” circulation most subscribers did not throw away their old Digests — I ask, “What happened?

Arigo was described as the 3rd most popular man in Brazil. Raigo with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sep 15, Heikki rated it it was amazing.


Fuller led an interesting life. As a reporter he became known for his powerful and clear prose that delivered the message without ornaments. His topics too, from lost nuclear weapons to price-fixing in the electrical industry to UFOs, cover quite a range.

Arigo–The Surgeon with the Rusty Knife

But no matter what the topic, his voice is loud and clear. 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. The records still held at th John G. The records still held at the British Society for Psychical Research are complete and verifiable. His reporting of the incident is a perfect case example of the professional journalist in action. When Fuller turned to the case of Arigo, the uneducated man who 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.

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. And it is a remarkable story. Arigo knief surgery with no anaesthesia, no painkillers, risty sterilized equipment.

rksty Sometimes a penknife passed over a lighter would do. And yet, on film, in front of witnesses, he extracts tumors and cures various off ailments in a trance, without so much as a second glance at kniife patient after he pronounces him cured. Patients report full recovery and no infections after the operation. Fuller ponders long and hard whether this is true. I am not sure whether the Philippine pen knife surgeons were active at this time, but they were incontrovertibly proven fakes.

No such luck with Teh – his work stands as an example of a mystery, performed on film, in daylight, and reported on by Fuller. He comes to the conclusion that something 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 a dirty enamel dish.

I will of course leave it up to you to decide what you think of this. Call it a hoax, call it sleight of hand – but read the book first, and judge only after you’ve arigk the evidence. Oct 18, Justin rated it it was ok.

Interesting account of some uneducated guy who performed thousands of “surgeries” with little else rsuty a rusty knife, a long-dead German physician who gave him psychic guidance and a stong-faith in God, on the indigenous peoples of South America. His successes are apparantly confirmed by Western Science. Oct 01, Misty Rain rated it it was amazing. Seamus rated it it was amazing Mar 23, Farzin Zaman rated it it was amazing Sep 23, Thomas rated it liked it Aug 06, Iris Perla rated it did not like it Apr 14, Linda L Metcalf Metcalf rated it really liked it Jan 13, surveon Debra A Sensel rated it it was amazing May 05, Mickman rated it liked it Mar 10, Stephanie rated it it was ok Jun 22, Heather rated it it was amazing Mar 26, Wanda Gonzalez rated it liked it Aug 09, Ali Murray rated it it was amazing Jul 17, Izz rated it really liked it Jan 06, Reuben rated it liked it Jun 25, Murlidhar Murthy rated it it was amazing Mar 06, C rated it really liked it Sep 01, Kevin rated it really liked it Apr 04, Th Shah rated it really liked it May 20, Christopher rated it really liked it Mar 15, Steve rated it did not like it Jan 07, Page rated it did not like it Jun 22, Dan rated it it was ok Apr 28, Milo King rated it liked it Feb 09, Mama Mouse oof it it was amazing Apr 25, Jaipaul Guyadeen rated it really liked it Jan 05, Kris Brady rated it liked it Apr 19, There are no agigo topics on this book yet.


About John Grant Fuller Jr. John Grant Fuller Jr. John Grant Fuller, Jr.

For many years he wrote a regular column for the Saturday Review magazine, called “Trade Winds”. The Ghost of Flight was based on the tragic Eastern Air Lines airplane crash in Decemberand suregon alleged supernatural events which followed; it was eventually turned into a popular made-for-television movie.

Incident at Exeter concerned a series of well-publicized UFO sightings in and around the town of Exeter, New Hampshire in the fall of see the Rsuty incident. Fuller personally investigated the sightings and interviewed many of the eyewitnesses, he also claimed to have seen a UFO himself during his investigation.

The Hills were a married couple who claimed to have been abducted in by the occupants of a UFO in the White Mountains of New Hampshire while arivo home from a vacation. The book was the first to seriously claim that competent, reliable witnesses were being abducted by UFOs for medical and scientific experiments.

Arigo: Surgeon of the Rusty Knife

The book remains one of the most influential in UFO history; and has been hotly debated since its publication. 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.

The book was published prior to the final resolution of the case in John was also married afigo a NorthWest flight Attendant who was the o mentioned in his book “Ghost of Flight ” His book We Almost Lost Detroit deals with a serious accident at the Fermi nuclear power plant near Detroit. His most important book was the fictional novel We Almost Lost Detroit. There is a song by Gil Scott-Heron, same title. Fuller died of lung cancer in Books by John Grant Fuller Jr. No trivia or quizzes yet.