Case Number 52

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


In a long coda to this case, Xu Shuwei replies to someone who attempts to stump him by citing Instructions for the Pulse (Mai jue 脈訣) as his authority. That book did not exist during Xu’s lifetime; he obviously was referring to the Canon of the Pulse (Mai jing 脈經), written by Wang Shuhe 王叔和 in AD 280, and edited and distributed by the state in 1060. This challenge prompts Xu to provide a long series of quotations from the Treatise. Xu is quoting it so extensively here to argue that The Treatise on Cold Damage, also recently edited, was a superior authority. He concludes that relying on the Canon is mere negligence.


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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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