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  • The "keep it simple" principle. I'd heard of the expression Occam's razor several times in the past, but only now looked it up properly. Will be using it more often from now on.

    July 16, 2008

  • At work, we were discussing different diagnoses for an EKG, and when we settled on one I said that it was the most parsimonious. Several hours later, during some downtime, my colleagues came up to me and said, "We didn't know what the hell you meant, but we looked it up online, and sure as shit in hindsight it was like the most perfect thing to say at the time."

    Resident physicians do have a section in their pre-med boards for writing, but let's just say it's not stressed by medical school admissions. Or at least, not every doc's a wordie.

    December 19, 2007

  • also Ockham's Razor

    December 20, 2006