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18 Aug 2009, 09:13
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During the SARS days, about 23,500 doctors who had treated SARS sufferers died and about 23,670 doctors who had not engaged in treatment for SARS sufferers died. On the basis of those figures, it can be concluded that it was not much more dangerous to participate in SARS treatment during the SARS day than it was not to participate in SARS treatment.

Which of the following would reveal most clearly the absurdity of the conclusion drawn above?

A.Counting deaths among doctors who had participated in SARS treatment in addition to deaths among doctors who had not participated in SARS treatment

B.Expressing the difference between the numbers of deaths among doctors who had treated SARS sufferers and doctors who had not treated SARS suffers as a percentage of the total number of deaths

C.Separating deaths caused by accidents during the treatment to SARS suffers from deaths caused by infect of SARS suffers.

D.Comparing death rates per thousand members of each group rather than comparing total numbers of deaths

E.Comparing deaths caused by accidents in the United States to deaths caused by infect in treating SARS suffers.

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18 Aug 2009, 09:41
This is a type of question that I've seen before, but with different "actors". The answer will be D. If you had 100 000 doctors treating SARS victims, then the percentage of deaths would be at around 23%. If you had 1 000 000 doctors that had not engaged in such activities, then the percentage of deaths would be 10 times smaller, at around 2,3%. Another way of expressing these percentages would be the number of deaths per 1000.

Last edited by DanaJ on 18 Aug 2009, 13:04, edited 1 time in total.

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18 Aug 2009, 12:00
DanaJ wrote:
This is a type of question that I've seen before, but with different "actors". The answer will be D. If you had 100 000 doctors treating SARS victims, then the percentage of deaths would be at around 23%. If you had 1 000 000 doctors that had not engaged in such activities, then the percentage of deaths would be 1000 times smaller, at around 2.3%. Another way of expressing these percentages would be the number of deaths per 1000.

isnt that 2.3%?

yeah I agree with You, i too encountered a similar problem while reading power score bible, it is a typical problem. Agree with D.

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18 Aug 2009, 13:05
Yeah, I don't know why I made that mistake there... 1 mil is not 1000 times greater than 100 000 )

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18 Aug 2009, 16:13
clearly D...as the argument missed the point of out of how many treated SARS died and out of how many has not treated SARS died...

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19 Aug 2009, 01:27
Nice work anyway.

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19 Aug 2009, 01:54
D clearly it is an imitation of an OG question which mentions about second world war
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19 Aug 2009, 07:13
OA: D

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Re: SARS treatment   [#permalink] 19 Aug 2009, 07:13
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