Psychiatrists as shams

February 19, 2008 at 6:16 pm (Clinical rotations)

Apparently I’m not the only person who thinks that psychiatrists don’t know what they’re talking about. The following is a bill that passed through the New Mexico senate in 1995, only to be later vetoed by the governor:

When a psychologist or psychiatrist testifies during a defendant’s competency hearing, the psychologist or psychiatrist shall wear a cone-shaped hat that is not less than two feet tall. The surface of the hat shall be imprinted with stars and lightning bolts.

Additionally, a psychologist or psychiatrist shall be required to don a white beard that is not less than 18 inches in length, and shall punctuate crucial elements of his testimony by stabbing the air with a wand.

Whenever a psychologist or psychiatrist provides expert testimony regarding a defendant’s competency, the bailiff shall contemporaneously dim the courtroom lights and administer two strikes to a Chinese gong.



  1. REO SpeedDealer said,

    The governor should have been impeached!

  2. anonymous said,

    You need a duck call to take out and blow when you are around these snake oil salesmen. Blow it softly and don’t let them see you and have them think it’s in their head. The imaginary voices will be blowing duck calls. . .

  3. Rich said,

    I love it.

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