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A physician who is too thorough in conducting a medical checkup is likely to subject the patient to the discomfort and expense of unnecessary tests. One who is not thorough enough is likely to miss some serious problem and therefore give the patient a false sense of security. It is difficult for physicians to judge exactly how thorough they should be. Therefore, it is generally unwise for patients to have medical checkups when they do not feel ill.
Which one of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument in the passage?
(A) Some serious diseases in their early stages have symptoms that physicians can readily detect.
(B) Under the pressure of reduced reimbursements, physicians have been reducing the average amount of time they spend on each medical checkup.
(C) Patients not medically trained are unable to judge foe themselves what degree of thoroughness is appropriate for physicians in conducting medical checkups.
(D) Many people are financially unable to afford regular medical checkups.
(E) Some physicians sometimes exercise exactly the right degree of thoroughness in performing a medical checkup.

For me is between A and E
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11 Jun 2010, 05:32
IMO E. The conclusion says that patients must not have medical checkups when they DO NOT feel ill.

If, some physicians sometimes can exercise the right degree of thoroughness in performing a medical checkup, then it weakens the argument because in that case, patients can have checkups even when they are not necessarily ill.

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11 Jun 2010, 06:25
IMO: A

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A physician who is too thorough in conducting a medical checkup is likely to subject the patient to the discomfort and expense of unnecessary tests. One who is not thorough enough is likely to miss some serious problem and therefore give the patient a false sense of security. It is difficult for physicians to judge exactly how thorough they should be. Therefore, it is generally unwise for patients to have medical checkups when they do not feel ill.
Which one of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument in the passage?
(A) Some serious diseases in their early stages have symptoms that physicians can readily detect.
(B) Under the pressure of reduced reimbursements, physicians have been reducing the average amount of time they spend on each medical checkup.
(C) Patients not medically trained are unable to judge foe themselves what degree of thoroughness is appropriate for physicians in conducting medical checkups.
(D) Many people are financially unable to afford regular medical checkups.
(E) Some physicians sometimes exercise exactly the right degree of thoroughness in performing a medical checkup.

For me is between A and E

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11 Jun 2010, 10:05
IMO : A

The word readily would imply that serious diseases can be detected fairly easily and without a thorough examination. E shouldn't dissuade the argument since it was never said in the passage that there is not any doctors that may perform an accurately thorough examination.
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12 Jun 2010, 02:26
IMO A

Conclusion: it is generally unwise for patients to have medical checkups when they do not feel ill.

What if the patient feels ill only after the disease has progressed to an advanced stage?
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13 Jun 2010, 22:39
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IMO A
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14 Jun 2010, 04:18
IMO A

E Is incorrect coz it refers to " SOME physicians @ apart from other errors
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14 Jun 2010, 07:13
A for me too .. wat is the OA ?
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14 Jun 2010, 07:24
IMO "C"

In A & E, the word "some" is used, hence limiting the scope.

In "C", if the patient is unaware of what the thorough treatment is, then he will neither feel discomfort nor feel a false sense of security.

Funny!!??? But this is my take.
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14 Jun 2010, 08:19
yeah. some do and some don't so what?

I agree with this explanation. IMO : C
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IMO "C"

In A & E, the word "some" is used, hence limiting the scope.

In "C", if the patient is unaware of what the thorough treatment is, then he will neither feel discomfort nor feel a false sense of security.

Funny!!??? But this is my take.

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14 Jun 2010, 13:09
Conclusion: It is generally unwise for patients to have medical checkups when they do not feel ill, becasue some doctors might precribe you to unnecessary tests and those tests will make you discomfortable and spend money.

B is correct.
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14 Jun 2010, 18:08
(A) Some serious diseases in their early stages have symptoms that physicians can readily detect.

IMO this is the answer. The argument is that doctors either are too thorough or not enough and give a false sense of security. The conclusion go to the doctor only when you have symptoms.
We are asked to weaken this and that is done by choice A. Some illnesses don't show any symptoms but can be readily detected if you go to the doctor.
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14 Jun 2010, 19:53
"Some" means not all diseases can be detected by physicians in early states-> when Physicians fail patient will feel insecure.
(A) Some serious diseases in their early stages have symptoms that physicians can readily detect.
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14 Jun 2010, 20:28
IMO A is the best answer. It weakens the conclusion that "unwise for patients to have medical checkups when they do not feel ill". So people need to do checkup even though they dont feel ill. What is OA?
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16 Jun 2010, 08:14
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Conclusion: It is generally unwise for patients to have medical checkups when they do not feel ill, becasue some doctors might precribe you to unnecessary tests and those tests will make you discomfortable and spend money.

B is correct.

I'll still go with B
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Conclusion : It is UNWISE for some patients to have medical tests when they DO NOT feel ill.
Reverse of conclusion : It is WISE for some patients to have medical tests when they DO NOT feel ill.
The weakening argument will attack both the assumptions
1) medical checkup are bad because they likely to subject the patient to the discomfort and expense of unnecessary tests
2) medical checkup are bad because physician may miss a serious problem and therefore give the patient a false sense of security

No (discomfort and expense of unnecessary tests) + No (false sense of security) = Wise Medical Checkup.

A attacks 2), E attacks 2). The weakening argument will attack BOTH.
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16 Jun 2010, 20:37
I change my answer back to A LOL. A attacks both the premises Read it once again.
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16 Jun 2010, 20:39
I do not know which one to choose,

I am hesitant to pick C because, inability by patients to judge the feel of thoroughness does not mean that they will not feel discomfort or extra expense. It is quite possible that even they do not know whether check up is through or not, extra touching them and extra look up will still cause discomfort and expenses...

Which one is OA?
I am hesitant to pick any choice.
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