HS200 Critical Thinking Module 4 Case Assignment Fallacies

Case Assignment

For the fourth Case Assignment, your task is to write a 1to 3-page essay in which you address the following scenario:

Suppose that you are attending a conference for physical therapists. You listen to a speech by Dr. John Russell, an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Russell is speaking about a new, experimental procedure to repair torn ligaments in the knee. After listening to the 30 min. conference talk, one of the attendees sitting next to you, Harold, tells you, a?Dr. Russell claims that the procedure is effective at reducing pain 3 months post-surgery. Dr. Russell would, of course, hold a favorable view of this new procedure because he only recently finished his orthopedic surgery fellowship, and plus he went to medical school on the West Coast. Therefore, this procedure could not be as effective as Dr. Russell claims it is.a?

This is a two-part assignment:
A. Identify the type of logical fallacy in the argument that Harold just made. Justify your selection.
B. Respond to Harold with a different set of statements containing a separate fallacy. State the type of fallacy that you committed in responding. Then, justify why the fallacy you made is of the type that you purport it to be.

Assignment Expectations

You will be expected to provide a scholarly basis for your response. Your opinions should be justified with evidence from the literature. References should be cited properly in the text of your essay, as well as at the end. Several scholarly references should be cited for this assignment. Please limit your response to 3 pages maximum.


Note: All readings have been validated on June 10, 2012.

Holt, T. (2006). Logical Fallacies.Info. Retrieved from http://.logicalfallacies.info