Case Number 37
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.
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