D. W. Medcalf

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D. W. Medcalf
Born 10 February 1870(1870-02-10)
Died 8 October 1948 (78)
Camp Chesterfield, Indiana
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Clara K. Medcalf

David Walter Medcalf (February 10, 1870 - October 8, 1948) was an American Spiritualist medium, astrologer, numerologist, chiropractic, and drugless physician who was fined in Indiana[1] and Kentucky[2] for practicing medicine without a license. Medcalf was also noted to have received a degree from L. W. de Laurence.[3]

Selected Bibliography

  • Medcalf, D. W., How to Eat and Live: Diet Instructions Prepared According to the Planets and the Date of Your Birth, Chesterfield, Indiana: Dr. D. W. Medcalf Mineral and Medicine Co. 


  1. "ALLEGED HEALER FINED", Princeton Daily Clarion (Princeton, Ind.): 1, 1911-04-15, 
  2. "SPIRITS OF DEAD AT DOCTOR'S TRIAL — DR. D. W. MEDCALF TESTIFIES THAT SPIRITS OF DEPARTED PATIENTS COME TO COURT", Kentucky Medical Journal (Kentucky State Medical Association) 13: 579, 1915, 
  3. "Magic Fails to Stop Explosion", The Times (San Mateo, Calif.): 2, 1933-02-28,, "The numbers, charms, alchemy and Hindu magic all failed to protect Dr. D. W. Medcalf and his disciple, Ralph Epstein, when a vast pan of mineral salts went sky high as a small gasoline stove exploded. One of Dr. Medcalf's three diplomas bears the signature and turbaned likeness of Dr. L. W. de Laurence, alchemist and master of Hindu occultism. Epstein is a numerologist by calling: 'I had a premonition of the explosion,' Epstein admitted, 'I was doing some work and had just called to the doctor, ‘This would be a terrible day for something to happen, with all these numbers showing up,’ and then it seemed like the house suddenly jumped off its foundations, and everything was on fire.'"