Monday, February 25, 2019

Credibility and Logic in Gregory Curfman’s “Diet Pills Redux”

1. Gregory D. Curfmans piece Diet Pills Redux is an newspaper column therefore, a reader must keep in mind that the core will focus on the authors judicial decision(s) and perspective(s) about a particular situation. Having read Curfmans piece, it does seem credible. The author is a physician, so his analysis of the situation can be reasonably assumed inside his field of expertise, especially when one considers it is an editorial published in The young England Journal of Medicine. Dr.Curfman presents evidence for and against the use of fenfluramine and phentermine and seems concerned alone with further exploration of a possible connection between the use of these drugs (separately or together) and nerve disease (Curfman, 1997, passim).2. Curfman begins his piece with a summary of an outbreak of pulmonary hypertension that took place in Western Europe that was linked to the use of an appetite-suppressant drug. He goes on to reveal a European outbreak thirty eld later which conn ected the use of an anorectic drug with much cases of pulmonary hypertension.Later, he discusses weighing the risks of using anorectic drugs against the individuals need, and concludes that only those with no other recourse should be allowed to take the chance. Each of these is an model of logic without false belief (Curfman, 1997, passim). There were fallacies in Curfmans piece. To begin with, the events and studies he cited were missing control groups and assurances that exigent factors such as patient explanation had been taken into account. Technically, these might be construed as misleading statistics.Because the numbers of persons negatively effected by these drugs was so low, the potential that much of his point is maybe a non sequiturspecifically an argument built on a sly slope does exist. His closing remark that succumbing to the allure of diet pills as a quick fix for excess weight may be court disaster presents a significant logical problem the implication that tho se who suffered a cardiac crisis in connection with the use of one or to a greater extent of the involved drugs fall into the quick fix categorythis is a precipitate generalization (Curfman, 1997, passim).The overall message in the piece was not that censure must be laid, nor was it a call to halt all accessibility of either drug, so coupled with this piece being an editorial, even fallacy did not necessarily weaken the strength of the article in my opinion as the point seemed merely to be to convince readers that there was more to be investigated. Based on what I read, I have to arrest that further investigation is warranted and that consumers must be aware of the potential dangers listed by Curfman.

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