Case Number 12

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


In this case Xu Shuwei treats a literatus who another physician had misdiagnosed and incorrectly treated. This therapy worsened the patient’s condition. Interestingly, although Xu quotes the Treatise while explaining the patient’s pathology, he uses his own medication. He often worked out his own solutions rather than relying on the ancient canons. He does not explain the effects of each drug, or how the combination affects the patient, but does briefly note the main effects of three of the five drugs. He assumes that his audience knows the qualities and effects of these drugs, so no further explanation is needed.


Other Sources:

  1. Bensky, Dan, Steven Clavey, and Erich Stöger. 2004. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia medica. 3rd ed. Seattle: Eastland Press.Google Scholar
  2. Scheid, Volker, Dan Bensky, Andrew Ellis, and Randall Barolet. 2009. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies. Seattle: Eastland Press.Google Scholar
  3. Sivin, Nathan. 1987. Traditional Medicine in Contemporary China. Science, Medicine, & Technology in East Asia 2. Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan.Google Scholar

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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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