Letter: Bump-started

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Sir: I was most interested in your article on phrenology ("Bump- starting a stalled pseudo-science", 11 January). When I was about to leave school at 16, back in 1936, I had no idea what career I would like to follow (no career advisers in those days) so my mother took me to see a phrenologist; I think it was in Ludgate Circus, in the City of London.

After looking at me for some time and measuring my head with callipers, he announced that I should either be a dentist or an engineer. As the idea of looking in people's mouths did not appeal, I was soon apprenticed to BTH, electrical engineers, and over 50 years later I was still at it.

MERVYN J. THOMAS.

Worthing, West Sussex

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