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Although aspirin has been proven to eliminate moderate fever [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2006, 14:37
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Although aspirin has been proven to eliminate
moderate fever associated with some ilnesses, many
doctors no longer routinely recommend its use for this
purpose. A moderate fever stimulates the activity of
the body's disease-fighting white blood cells and also
inhibits the growth of many strains of disease-causing
bacteria.

If the statements above are true, which of the following
conclusions is most strongly supported by them?

(A) Aspirin, an effective painkiller, alleviates the pain
and discomfort of many illnesses.
(B) Aspirin can prolong a patient's illness by
eliminating moderate fever helpful in fighting
some diseases.
(C) Aspirin inhibits the growth of white blood cells,
which are necessary for fighting some illnesses.
(D) The more white blood cells a patient's body
produces, the less severe the patient's illness
will be.
(E) The focus of modern medicine is on inhibiting
the growth of disease-causing bacteria within
the body.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2006, 16:39
I would go with D.

(A) Aspirin, an effective painkiller, alleviates the pain
and discomfort of many illnesses. => the argument mentions asprin to be effective for "some illnesses"
(B) Aspirin can prolong a patient's illness by
eliminating moderate fever helpful in fighting
some diseases. => Not explicitly stated in the argument. May or may not be true.
(C) Aspirin inhibits the growth of white blood cells,
which are necessary for fighting some illnesses. => Same as B. Not explicitly stated in the argument
(D) The more white blood cells a patient's body
produces, the less severe the patient's illness
will be. => Correct! By POE. Also number of WBC is linked to disease fighting capability
(E) The focus of modern medicine is on inhibiting
the growth of disease-causing bacteria within
the body. => Hopelessly out of Scope!
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2006, 20:31
This reads like a "real GMAT" CR. Expect to see questions of this caliber on G-day. Whatever the source, please keep posting more of these nuggets...

Between B and C, C uses the word "growth" which is out of scope.

(B) is a solid bet.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2006, 00:26
Dead set B from my side.

Aspirin reduces moderate fever
Moderate fever is good in fighting disease
So doctors don't recommend them.

Why doctors don't recommend them? Because aspirin prolongs the patient's illness by reducing the moderate fever.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2006, 01:28
B.

B is the conclusion involving all aspect of the text.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2006, 04:47
B as well.

D seems to be concerned with the COUNT of white blood cells as opposed to their ACTIVITY; the passage mentions only activity.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2006, 09:29
OA is B. It's an OG question.
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