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# In a routine physical, Roger is discovered to have a

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In a routine physical, Roger is discovered to have a cancerous tumor. Although Roger does not feel sick, a cancer specialist advises immediate surgery. So Roger accepts the surgery. A few months later a friend asks: "Do you feel better now than you did before before your operation?" Roger replies, "No, I'm weaker now, and I have some pain. I didn't have any pain before the operation." The friend says, "I guess the surgery wasn't worth it after all." But Roger objects, "Yes it was!" Which of the following, if true, would provide the strongest support for Roger's reaction?

A) Roger feels better now than he would have felt without the surgery.
B) Roger got opinions from two of the foremost cancer specialists in the country.
C) Many aspects of medical practice are based on probabilities, and Roger went with the greatest probability.
D) Even with the most modern methods and facilities, medicine is still more of an art than a science, and one can't really predict the outcome with any high degree of reliability.
E) Roger made the decision himself, and he takes the responsibility for it.
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03 Nov 2008, 22:09
I am confused between B and C.
Will go with C.
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03 Nov 2008, 22:44
B for me.
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03 Nov 2008, 23:39
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roger would be feeling worse than he does now had the cancer progressed
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04 Nov 2008, 00:09
bigtreezl wrote:
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roger would be feeling worse than he does now had the cancer progressed

I agree with biztreezl!

A) Roger feels better now than he would have felt without the surgery.
The consequences of not having surgery far outweighs that of having surgery. For example, if he is comatose, can't see, or is in constant pain < feeling weaker + some pain.
B) Roger got opinions from two of the foremost cancer specialists in the country.
How does this support Roger's statements? The opinions aren't even mentioned. What if the specialists recommended that he not undergo surgery?
C) Many aspects of medical practice are based on probabilities, and Roger went with the greatest probability.
What if this aspect (undergo surgery) wasn't based on probabilities? Roger going with the greatest probability for this dilemma will not be a reliable indicator.
D) Even with the most modern methods and facilities, medicine is still more of an art than a science, and one can't really predict the outcome with any high degree of reliability.
If anything, this weakens Roger's statements. It means that his decision is arbitrary.
E) Roger made the decision himself, and he takes the responsibility for it.
Nice! But still doesn't support his decision.

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04 Nov 2008, 01:33
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04 Nov 2008, 01:42
Another A with the same reasoning as provided by somerandomguy.
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04 Nov 2008, 02:33
A.

B. opinions wont help decide the worth of the surgery
C. Results of the surgery rather than probability will help roger decide the worth
D. doesnt concern roger's reaction
E. doesnt back up roger's reaction as much as A does
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04 Nov 2008, 03:07
OA is A.

Choice is (A) directly addresses the question of the results of the surgery, and claims that the surgery did in fact have good results. While the surgery did not make Roger feel better than he did before it, without the operation he may of felt worse. For example, the surgery may have prevented the spread of the cancer. All of the other responses are more peripheral to the question of whether the surgery was in fact worth it.

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04 Nov 2008, 09:52
Though A seems obvious, But how can the answer be A?

"Do you feel better now than you did before before your operation?" Roger replies, "No, I'm weaker now, and I have some pain. I didn't have any pain before the operation."

Roger explicitly said "No". It contradicts the premise. Unless Roger has amnesia instead of cancer.
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04 Nov 2008, 10:00
Though A seems obvious, But how can the answer be A?

"Do you feel better now than you did before before your operation?" Roger replies, "No, I'm weaker now, and I have some pain. I didn't have any pain before the operation."

Roger explicitly said "No". It contradicts the premise. Unless Roger has amnesia instead of cancer.

The friend asked the question few months after the operation. That is the reason, A becomes relevant.
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