Case Number 37

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


In this case, Xu Shuwei does not even bother to add his treatment and the outcome of the case. He ends the case with a quotation from the Treatise and continues to the discussion. This is a case in which Xu focused on doctrinal reasoning more than on the description of the case. He probably felt that since this was a typical example for use of Cassia Twig Decoction, he need not waste space on details. Xu’s inattention to details of his prescription strengthen my claim that he meant his cases as a pedagogical tool to disseminate Cold Damage knowhow and extrapolate from the Treatise’s doctrines rather than as a record of the nuances of each case. In the discussion, Xu explains how incorrect treatment of the patient caused this disorder. The original symptoms would probably have healed on their own, and should not have posed a problem.


Other Sources:

  1. Mitchell, Craig, Feng Ye, and Nigel Wiseman. 1999. Shang Han Lun (On Cold Damage); Translation and Commentaries. Brookline, MA: Paradigm Publications.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. Yu, Bohai 于伯海, et. al. 1997. Shanghan jinkui wenbing mingzhu jicheng 伤寒金匮温病名著集成 [Collected Famous Works on Cold Damage, Golden Casket, and Febrile Disorders]. Beijing, Huaxia chubanshe.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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