Case Number 10

  • Asaf Goldschmidt
Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 54)


This case is interesting for a number of reasons. First, it is another case in which Xu states that the original Treatise did not include a treatment for a patient’s condition. Xu lists his treatment for this condition – Vanquish Yin Pellets (破陰丹) – and attributes it to a famous third-century physician, Hua Tuo 華佗. It seems that this is an original formula of Xu, since his books contain the earliest record both here and in the Puji benshi fang (juan 8, p. 145). This formula is not recorded in the extant version of Hua Tuo’s book, suggesting that either the extant version differs from the original or that Xu wanted to draw on Hua Tou’s authority.


Other Sources:

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asaf Goldschmidt
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  1. 1.Department of East Asian StudiesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Visiting ProfessorRenmin University of ChinaBeijingChina

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