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You too can learn to feel a hair! 

Paul Ingraham ARCHIVEDMicroblog posts are archived and rarely updated. In contrast, most long-form articles on PainScience.com are updated regularly over the years.

Alert reader Michael B. sent me this example of crazy clinical arrogance about diagnosing by feel (palpation), How To Get Out Of Pain In 30 Days. There’s a million crappy miracle cure sales pitches out there, of course, but this one stands out for its emphasis on near-magical powers of palpation in particular, an entertainingly distinctive delusion of grandeur.

Now, close your eyes and comb over the paper until you find the hair; continue to drag the hair underneath your finger and around the paper until you lose it. Repeat for 15 minutes/day. Within 2-4 weeks, you’ll have an incredible sense of touch.

Yes, that’s all it takes to get “x-ray hands”: hair rubbing. And if you believe that, I’m having a bridge sale. I’ve written about this particular flavour of nonsense before …

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