Fallacies in Medicine and Health: Critical Thinking, Argumentation and Communication (2020 edition)


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This textbook examines the ways in which arguments may be used and abused in medicine and health. The central claim is that a group of arguments known as the informal fallacies - including slippery slope arguments, fear appeal, and the argument from ignorance - undertake considerable work in medical and health contexts, and that they can in fact be rationally warranted ways of understanding complex topics, contrary to the views of many earlier philosophers and logicians. Modern medicine and healthcare require lay people to ...

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