What is the name of the fallacy that goes along the lines of:

My brother is a doctor so I can claim arguments about medicine.

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    It should be an appeal to authority (in this specific case borrowed, or by association). – Bread Feb 10 at 2:00
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    @Bread That looks like an answer, not a comment. – David Thornley Feb 11 at 18:58
  • Maybe, but it's probably a duplicate question anyway. It was more a suggestion than an answer, since I'm not that sure about it. I'm surprised someone hasn't already either voted to close or given a real answer by now. – Bread Feb 11 at 22:07
  • There's a question already on record with the answer "appeals to (irrelevant) authority". It also refers to "authority by association" (what I said above): What fallacy assumes that being familiar [e.g. "my brother"] with something makes one an expert on it? – Bread Feb 11 at 22:18

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