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Brain scans of people exposed to certain neurotoxins reveal [#permalink]
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Brain scans of people exposed to certain neurotoxins reveal brain damage identical to that found in people suffering from Parkinsonâ€™s disease. This fact shows not only that these neurotoxins cause this type of brain damage, but also that the brain damage itself causes Parkinsonâ€™s disease. Thus brain scans can be used to determine who is likely to develop Parkinsonâ€™s disease.
The argument contains which one of the following reasoning errors?
(A) It fails to establish that other methods that can be used to diagnose Parkinsonâ€™s disease are less accurate than brain scans.
(B) It overestimates the importance of early diagnosis in determining appropriate treatments for people suffering from Parkinsonâ€™s disease.
(C) It mistakes a correlation between the type of brain damage described and Parkinsonâ€™s disease for a causal relation between the two.
(D) It assumes that people would want to know as early as possible whether they were likely to develop Parkinsonâ€™s disease.
(E) It neglects to specify how the information provided by brain scans could be used either in treating Parkinsonâ€™s disease or in monitoring the progression of the disease.
there is nothing in the argument suggesting that these neurotoxins cause parkinsons. just because the brain damage cause by the toxins is the same as in parkinsons , that doesnt mean that these toxins cause parkinsons. there can be another cause. therefore answer - C.
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