Case Number 25

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


This is the first of a number of cases in which Xu offers a prognosis of imminent death and does not treat the patient. When a patient died, the family, if not the law, often considered doctors who had treated him responsible; knowing when treatment was bound to fail was therefore a basic medical skill in many cultures. Xu summarizes the signs and symptoms, but presents no diagnosis (as usual in cases where the prognosis was dire). After presenting the case, he provides a brief doctrinal discussion based on the Treatise, and then records that his prognosis was correct; the patient died.


Other Sources:

  1. Brown, Miranda. 2015. The Art of Medicine in Early China: The Ancient and Medieval Origins of a Modern Archive. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  3. Zhang, Zhibin and Paul U. Unschuld, eds. 2015. Dictionary of the Ben cao gang mu, Volume 1: Chinese Historical Illness Terminology. Berkley: University of California Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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