Rubens Farias Jr.
(1954– ) is a Brazilian psychic surgeon
, who claims to be a channel for the spirit of Dr. Fritz
. His clinic is in Bom Sucesso, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro
Rubens was trained as an engineer
He is not the first Brazilian to make the claim. He follows Zé Arigó
, who died in a car crash in 1971, and a string of other claimants. Farias began claiming reincarnation
as early as 1986. On a typical weekday, as many as 800 patients will line up outside the hall he uses (on weekends, it serves as a bar), waiting for treatment sessions which might be as short as 30 seconds. While in character as Dr. Fritz, he adopts a German accent and expressions such as "Schnell
!" In some cases, patients get a homemade injection, reportedly a mixture of alcohol
. Medical hygiene is minimal.
The Regional Medical Council for the state of Rio de Janeiro labels Farias a "charlatan" taking advantage of the chaotic Brazilian public health system, and has sued to halt his activities.