Medicine: Magnetic Mago

Even more impressive than the number of patients who daily crowd Achille d'Angelo's waiting room in Rome are the names of some of the privileged ones who come by special appointment. For a bad left knee, Arturo Toscanini took ten treatments last summer from D'Angelo, self-styled Mago di Napoli (Wizard of Naples), and pronounced the man formidabile. Tenor Beniamino Gigli went in to be lifted from his nervous depression. Italy's Queen Maria José once sought D'Angelo's aid for her "weakened optic nerves."

No less an intellectual than the late Carlo Sforza yielded this...

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