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When selecting a specialist for any major medical procedure, such as open-heart surgery, the patient should take care to choose the specialist who has performed that procedure the greatest number of times. This is because patients facing major medical procedures should not have to concern themselves with whether or not the selected surgeon is adequately skilled.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument relies?

(A) The specialist who has performed a medical procedure the greatest number of times has better-than-average faculty with that procedure.

(B) If a patient experiences anxiety prior to undergoing a certain medical procedure, he or she is less likely to successfully recover from the procedure.

(C) Most patients do not take care to select specialisist on the basis of the specialist's experience with the medical procedure involved.

(D) Patients should disregard the recommendations of their regular physicians when deciding which specialist to select for an unusual medical procedure.

(E) Only the specialist who has performed a specific medical procedure the greatest number of times is capable of carrying out that procedure successfully.

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The argument that supports the assumption is that the patients don't already choose the specialist based on his experience.


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Conclusion: Patient should choose the specialist who has performed that procedure the greatest number of times.
Premise: Patients facing major medical procedures should not have to concern themselves with whether or not the selected surgeon is adequately skilled.

We need something which says that the specialist with greatest procedure performed is skilled.

Going through the options:

A) The specialist who has performed a medical procedure the greatest number of times has better-than-average faculty with that procedure..... Matches with our thinking. Keep this option.
B) If a patient experiences anxiety prior to undergoing a certain medical procedure, he or she is less likely to successfully recover from the procedure.....Out of scope
C) Most patients do not take care to select specialist on the basis of the specialist's experience with the medical procedure involved.......Irrelevant
D) Only the specialist who has performed a specific medical procedure the greatest number of times is capable of carrying out that procedure successfully.......Successfully here is a trap. We are not told in the paragraph that the procedure will be successful or not. Therefore wrong choice.

IMO correct option should be A.
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When selecting a specialist for any major medical procedure, such as open-heart surgery, the patient should take care to choose the specialist who has performed that procedure the greatest number of times. This is because patients facing major medical procedures should not have to concern themselves with whether or not the selected surgeon is adequately skilled.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument relies?

Conclusion from statement: patient should take care to choose the specialist who has performed that procedure the greatest number of times
Why? (from statement): patients facing major medical procedures should not have to concern themselves with whether or not the selected surgeon is adequately skilled

(A) The specialist who has performed a medical procedure the greatest number of times has better-than-average faculty with that procedure.
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(B) If a patient experiences anxiety prior to undergoing a certain medical procedure, he or she is less likely to successfully recover from the procedure.
- Out of Scope. Not a discussion of recovery

(C) Most patients do not take care to select specialisist on the basis of the specialist's experience with the medical procedure involved.
- Irrelevant. No mention of claims that patients do not take care to select specialist

(D) Patients should disregard the recommendations of their regular physicians when deciding which specialist to select for an unusual medical procedure.
- Out of Scope. Not a discussion of recommendations by physicians

(E) Only the specialist who has performed a specific medical procedure the greatest number of times is capable of carrying out that procedure successfully.
- Partial scope but misleading due to the word ONLY.
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New post 28 Nov 2019, 00:28
What is the source of this question? Didn't quite get the meaning of "better-than-average faculty"?
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