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13. Physician: The patient is suffering either from disease X or else from disease Y. but there is no available test for distinguishing X from Y. Therefore, since there is an effective treatment for Y but no treatment for X, we must act on the assumption that the patient has a case of Y.

The physician’s reasoning could be based on which one of the following principles?

(A) In treating a patient who has one or the other of two diseases, it is more important to treat the diseases than to determine which of the two diseases the patient has.

(B) If circumstances beyond a decision maker’s control will affect the outcome of the decision maker’s actions, the decision maker must assume that circumstances are unfavorable

(C) When the soundness of a strategy depends on the truth of a certain assumption, and the first step in putting the strategy into effect must be to test the truth of this assumption.

(D) When success is possible only if a circumstance beyond one’s control is favorable, and then one’s strategy must be based on the assumption that this circumstance is in fact favorable

(E) When only one strategy carries the possibility of success. Circumstances must as much as possible be changed to fit this strategy.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2004, 20:46
Upon careful analysis, I choose E. E seems to fit the bill.
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Re: CR - Physician [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2004, 08:46
I am choosing D. Infact it is a tie between D & E.

D exactly is the situation because the stem says that the doctor assumes the desease for which treatment is available.

As for E,'changing the circumstances as much to fit the strategy' may not make much sense because the doctor cannot introduce the desease X and then treat for X hoping that Y gets eliminated in the process.

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13. Physician: The patient is suffering either from disease X or else from disease Y. but there is no available test for distinguishing X from Y. Therefore, since there is an effective treatment for Y but no treatment for X, we must act on the assumption that the patient has a case of Y.

The physician’s reasoning could be based on which one of the following principles?

(A) In treating a patient who has one or the other of two diseases, it is more important to treat the diseases than to determine which of the two diseases the patient has.

(B) If circumstances beyond a decision maker’s control will affect the outcome of the decision maker’s actions, the decision maker must assume that circumstances are unfavorable

(C) When the soundness of a strategy depends on the truth of a certain assumption, and the first step in putting the strategy into effect must be to test the truth of this assumption.

(D) When success is possible only if a circumstance beyond one’s control is favorable, and then one’s strategy must be based on the assumption that this circumstance is in fact favorable

(E) When only one strategy carries the possibility of success. Circumstances must as much as possible be changed to fit this strategy.

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 [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2004, 09:11
Its clearly between D and E. I, however choose D.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2004, 11:53
Clearly D. There is no "alternate strategy" as required for E.
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D should be it although A bogged me for a while
D) circumstance beyond one’s control is favorable = assuming that, of the 2 diseases, the patient has disease X
based on the assumption that this circumstance is in fact favorable = the assumption reveals to be true and the client will be cured

A) since the 2 diseases cannot be distinguished from one another, we cannot say that treating the disease has precedence over identifying the disease
E) there is nothing to be changed here because there is no other alternative. We just don't know which disease the patient has and we are giving him the remedy for disease Y because we have no other choice.
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