Medicine: Life among the Thobbers

A thobber is a person who prefers guesswork to investigation and reinforces his beliefs by asserting them frequently.* All who use pseudo-science as a short-cut cure for troubles, especially mental ills, are thobbers to some extent—e.g., those who apply to astrologers, numerologists, graphologists, self-styled psychologists with fake degrees (Ps.D., Ms.D.), spiritualists, hypnotists, some beauticians and gymnasium proprietors and advice-to-the-lovelorn editors.

Psychologist Patient. A psychologist has been studying this group of quacks and thobbers for the past twelve years. Small, quick Mrs. Lee R. Steiner, who has degrees from the University of Minnesota...

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