Critical Thinking: The Actively Sick

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"Read the Wall Street Journal article "The Actively Sick" and in a short paper (five to six double-spaced pages) apply the 11 steps of the critical thinking model discussed in Asking the Right Questions (2004).

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Critical Thinking: The Actively Sick

What are the issue and the conclusion?

The issue addressed in the editorial comments "The Actively Sick" is a prescriptive one: Should employees who suffer from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS) be covered under Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and whether they have the right to sue their employer for failing to accommodate their illness.

Though the author of this article does not provide any concrete conclusion, he clearly opposes the idea of any financial claim based on CFS. He ridicules those with CFS who brings lawsuits against their companies because they were not properly accommodated and claims that they were only taking advantage of their illness, which he thinks is more psychological than physical.

What are the reasons?

We can paraphrase some of the reasons that authors has given to come to the conclusion that CFS is not a serious disease and people suffering from this disease should not be considered as disable under ADA guidelines:

1. Most sensible people would think that - "it's something they might like to sign up for if they just had time to take a long break".

2. Most people, who claim that they are suffering from CFS, are ill because of the "reasons that remain mysterious and causes that remain not provable".

3. By citing the book "Hystories: Hysterical Epidemics and Modern Media," by Elaine Showalter, author claims that CFS is nothing but a "hysterical disease".

4. Finally, author compares Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with another disease "Narcolepsy", which is defined as "chronic neurological disorder caused...