Case Number 30
In this case Xu Shuwei delineates the three most important formulas of the Treatise and how to decide on which one to apply. He does so in a dialogue with one of his patients. It is important to note that such dialogues are rare in Xu’s case records as he usually talks with the patient’s relatives in order to obtain additional information about the disorder. The first part of the dialogue is designed to establish the fact that contemporary physicians are not versed in Cold Damage doctrines and practices. From that point on, Xu walks his audience step by step through what Cold Damage disorders are and how he uses the Treatise’s formulas.
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