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Critical Thinking: Compare and Contrast Essay

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Both the authors are trying to promote the idea that the medical staff acted in unethical and lazy manner because even after seeing symptoms of Ebola, they allowed the patient to go home and they lack the motive to treat the patient. The authors believe that the patient could have survived if he would have been provided with proper treatment initially. One of the logical fallacies that the authors have followed is that of appeal to probability. The author states that since the patient was returning from Liberia, he might have been infected by the virus.

It has not been clearly known whether African nations are the only nations that have experienced wide spread of Ebola virus. Stephenson states in a scholarly article that most of the cases of Ebola have been witnessed in African regions but the threat of cases emerging in US are even quite high (Stephenson, 2014). The evidence provided by the authors to hold the medical professionals responsible for the death of Duncan are quite effective. This is because the signs and symptoms that have been reported by Duncan on his first visit to the hospital provide a clear indication of Duncan experiencing Ebola virus.

For example: the author states that the medical staff reports that Duncan was experiencing fever of 100.1 degrees, abdominal pain as well as headache and these symptoms within a time frame of two days and all these symptoms have been reported by Jamieson and other researchers in their scholarly article (Jamieson, 2014). It is not necessary that the death of Duncan was purely the laziness of the medical staff of the hospital he visited.

There may be other reasons due to which the medical staff would have failed to diagnose Duncan at an earlier stage. For example: Duncan himself might have not clearly reported the signs and symptoms and the signs and symptoms of the patient might have been inconclusive to determine whether Duncan was actually infected with the virus or not. The statistics used by the author, Sack are descriptive in nature but n descriptive statistics have been used by Philipps in his article. Sack provides descriptive statistics on the claims made by the medical staff of the hospital that was visited by Duncan initially and Sack even provides the descriptive statistics that were reported in the health records of Duncan.

For example: Duncan was experiencing fever of 100.1 on his initial visit. The most significant information that the authors have not focused upon is whether Duncan had provided the medical staff with the correct information or not.

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