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(See the complete passage discussion here: lsat/viewtopic.php?t=11562)
The correct answer choice is (C)
The primary purpose of this paragraph is roughly prephrased in our discussion of the main point from our VIEWSTAMP analysis: the author wishes to present a new perspective on the relationships between pathogens and their hosts, and on the relationship between a pathogen’s mode of transmission and its virulence. Correct answer choice (C) provides the best synopsis of the author’s purpose, to present the prevailing understanding of host-parasite relations, along with a different perspective which modifies that prevailing view. The other choices are incorrect because the author does not compare examples supporting the prevailing view as suggested by answer choice (A), does not argue that the prevailing view was based on mistaken rationale as suggested by answer choice (B), and neither attacks the prevailing view’s supporting evidence nor examines it origins, as suggested by answer choices (D) and (E), respectively.