Case Number 9
In this case Xu Shuwei shows the reader that although he predominantly relies on the Treatise as his main canonical source, not all the answers can be found there. Although he authored this collection of case records to show how to apply the Treatise’s doctrines and practices, the Treatise records no treatment for this disorder. Here, Xu takes a decoction from a formulary of the late seventh century. Song dynasty physicians, although they respected the ancient canons, did not hesitate to point out errors and missing data in them. Because Xu was well versed in most of the available literature, he felt comfortable in filling a gap in one classic by taking a formula from a later source. This is not the only record in this collection that reads the Treatise critically.
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