Case Number 23

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


In his discussion of this case, Xu is outlines what he perceives as the most pressing issue with contemporary “time-saving doctors.” According to Xu, they possess only a rudimentary understanding of diagnosis, simply dividing patterns of medical disorders into yin and yang, whereas the Treatise divides them into six main divisions and many sub divisions. Unlike the discussion in other cases which cite the canons to support Xu’s diagnosis and treatment, here he simply decries his competitors’ incompetence.


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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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