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# Orthodox medicine is ineffective at both ends of the

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Orthodox medicine is ineffective at both ends of the spectrum of ailments. At the more trivial end, orthodox medicine is largely ineffective in treating aches, pains and allergies, and, at the other extreme, it has yet to produce a cure for serious, life-threatening diseases such as advanced cancer and lupus. People turn to alternative medicine when orthodox medicine fails to help them and when it produces side effects that are unacceptable to them. One of the reasons alternative medicines is free of such side effects is that it does not have any effects at all.

1. If the statements above are true, which one of the following can be properly inferred from them?
(A) Practitioners of alternative medicine are acting in bad faith.
(B) There are some medical conditions for which no orthodox or alternative treatment is effective.
(C) There are some trivial illnesses that can be treated effectively by the methods of alternative medicine.
(D) There are no effective medical treatments that are free from unacceptable side effects.
(E) Orthodox medicine will eventually produce a solution for the diseases that are currently incurable.

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OA: B

2. The charge made above against alternative medicine is most seriously weakened if it is true that
(A) predictions based on orthodox medicine have sometimes failed, as when a patient has recovered despite the judgment of doctors that an illness is fatal
(B) alternative medicine relies on concepts of the body and of the nature of healing that differ from those on which orthodox medicine is based
(C) alternative medicine provides hope to those for whom orthodox medicine offers no cure
(D) a patient’s belief in the medical treatment the patient is receiving can release the body’s own chemical painkillers, diminish allergic reactions, and promote healing
(E) many treatments used for a time by orthodox medicine have later been found to be totally ineffective

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10 Jun 2010, 12:54
1 A

2 B
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11 Jun 2010, 01:13
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1 A

2 B

Wrong. Both.
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11 Jun 2010, 02:33
B and D
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12 Jun 2010, 02:36
1) C
2) D

What is the OA?
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14 Jun 2010, 09:41
Hi Noboru,

If you don't post the answer, its equivalent to not posting the question.

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14 Jun 2010, 10:46
D then C
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14 Jun 2010, 13:54
onedayill wrote:
I'm not sure of 1st one
either B/D

For second for sure its D

well D is out since the med has to be effective. the passage tells you none of the med is effective.
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14 Jun 2010, 18:00
B and D.
(B) There are some medical conditions for which no orthodox or alternative treatment is effective. This is the best inference amongst the choices. The rest are a stretch.

(D) a patient’s belief in the medical treatment the patient is receiving can release the body’s own chemical painkillers, diminish allergic reactions, and promote healing. This is the other best answer as the claim is that alternative medicine has no effects at all. However there are biological effects.
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14 Jun 2010, 21:30
1- B
2-D

wats the OA?
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15 Jun 2010, 00:24
LOL

My take is
1) C

2) The charge made above against alternative medicine is most seriously weakened if it is true that

What is the charge made against the alternative medicine? Its not apparent. Is it typo's. Charge was made against the orthodox medicine not alternative. Alternative medicine is good. That's what is apparent.

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15 Jun 2010, 03:39

In 2) What is the charge made against the alternative medicine?
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15 Jun 2010, 07:13
C A
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15 Jun 2010, 07:29
IMO A,D

OA Plz.
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15 Jun 2010, 07:57
Pls read this statement carefully .. (D) There are no effective medical treatments that are free from unacceptable side effects.
Now read this statement in the argument "One of the reasons alternative medicines is free of such side effects is that it does not have any effects at all"

It infer that for a medicine to be effective it will have side effects or no effective medical treatments that are free from unacceptable side effects ..

OA should be posted along with question pls ..
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15 Jun 2010, 09:14
All said - can someone pls answer this question?

In Q 2) What charge are we talking about against the alternative medicine?
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The charge against alt medicine is that it has no effect at all:
"One of the reasons alternative medicines is free of such side effects is that it does not have any effects at all"
My feeling is that even if alternative medicine has no direct healing effect, providing hope to sick people can be viewed as an effect though an indirect effect.
Agree ?
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15 Jun 2010, 10:49
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