Case Number 2
In the second case, Xu Shuwei brings to the forefront the issue of using canonical textual knowledge in clinical realm. The Treatise on Cold Damage Disorders discusses and classifies various Cold Damage manifestation types that are named after the appropriate treatment formula for each type. A non-clinician may mistakenly think that the symptoms patients manifest are just as easily differentiated. Xu shows in this case that differentiating the many disorders of the Cassia Twig manifestation type is far from obvious. In both manifestation types discussed in the case, the symptoms are similar except for one or two upon which the etiology hinges. The result is different treatment strategies. This case presents the reader with the minute distinctions necessary to diagnose correctly two similar but distinct Cold Damage syndromes.
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