Play Games in the Library!

Occam’s Razor, a card game, is now on reserve in the library and is available for a one-day loan. Created by two physicians to be both a game and a study aid to challenge diagnostic ability, the game draws on the classic theories of Occam’s razor and Hickam’s dictum, that the simplest explanation is usually correct and that patients can have as many diseases as they please, respectively. According to Nerdcore Medical, the game creators, Occam’s Razor is useful for USMLE Step 2 CS prep. The game features fourteen conditions, from acute appendicitis to septic arthritis.
There are four different ways to play:

  • Gin Rummy Occam: Collect the highest scoring hand of matching symptoms.
  • Deduce the Disease: Be the first to deduce the hidden disease card.
  • Occam Solitaire: Match symptoms in order to clear all your face-down piles.
  • Spoons: Include family and friends in a fun, fast-paced game that requires no previous medical knowledge.