BRAZIL: Spectral Appendectomy

In officially Catholic Brazil, spiritualists are a numerous sect. Last week Brazil's spiritualists had Brazil in a dither.

In the town of Pindamonhangaba (70% of whose 7,000 people are spiritualists) some 40 witnesses sweltered in a pitch-dark seance chamber. Among them were policemen, newsmen and three physicians, who had taken impressive precautions against trickery.

Strapped to an improvised operating table lay Andre di Bernardi, a spiritualist suffering from an inflamed appendix. While a phonograph played Gounod's Ave Maria, mediums "materialized" Dr. Luiz Gomes do Amaral, who died 19 years ago. The patient waited, fully conscious and quivering. He felt clammy hands on...

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