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An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural

Introduction | "R" Reading | Curse of the Pharaoh | End-of-the-World Prophecies

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Fludd, Robert (also, Flud, 1574-1637) An alchemist and Rosicrucian from Kent, son of a wealthy and noble family. He took up the practice of medicine, but was distracted by his Rosicrucian studies and spent most of his life defending those principles against detractors. He promoted the usual belief in demons as the cause of illness and wrote very positively on dowsing. He would feel very much at home among today's new age groupies.


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