Occam's Razor

"William of Occam (or Ockham) (1284-1347) stressed the Aristotelian principle that entities must not be multiplied beyond what is necessary. This principle became known as Occam's (or Ockham's) Razor or the law of parsimony" http://www.2think.org/occams_razor.shtml

 

In 1968 Gerald Reaven and his colleagues "at Stanford University. Published the first studies showinfg that:

The scientific world did not stand up to applaud, possibly because these findings ran contrary to what doctors of the time absolutely "knew" to be true."

Twenty years later Reaven

"published the first paper showing that insulin-resistant individuals were at great risk of developing what (Reaven) named Syndrome X, a cluster of abnormalities that is a major (albeit 'unknown') cause of heart disease."

Quoted from:- Syndrome X by Gerald Reaven, Terry Kristen Strom and Barry Fox. 2000 Pub Simon Schuster, Rockefeller Centre, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY10020 ISBN 0-684-86862-8

It was in 1986 at the conclusion of the Banting Memorial Lecture that Reaven said "…at first blush it appears improbable that there is an association between hypertension, hypertriglyceridemia and hyperinsulinemia …" …or words to that effect as I quote from memory as the original reference has not surfaced.

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