Case Number 56

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


This case, like a number of others, lacks any initial data about the patient except his surname and the fact he is sick with Cold Damage disorder. Xu does tell us that a certain doctor treated the patient with no success. Xu explains that inducing sweating is at times inappropriate. He warns physicians to use this treatment prudently. Once Xu explains the pathology of the case, he concludes that the patient will die, and that treatment is useless. A lengthy quotation from the Basic Questions follows. Xu does not comment on it, but simply states that the patient died a half day later. It seems that given the grave prognosis, Xu decided to quote from the most important medical canon to support it, and did not want to elaborate on it further and let it speak for itself.


Other Sources:

  1. Guo, Aichun 郭靄春, editor. 1992. Huangdi neijing suwen jiaozhu 黃帝內經素問校注 [Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon: Basic Question – critically annotated]. Beijing: Renmin weisheng, 1992 (2 vols).Google Scholar
  2. Sivin, Nathan 1987. Traditional Medicine in Contemporary China. Science, Medicine, & Technology in East Asia 2. Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan.Google Scholar
  3. Unschuld, Paul U. and Hermann Tessenow (with the assistance of Zheng Jingsheng). 2011. Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen: An Annotated Translation of Huang Di’s Inner Classic: Basic Questions. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.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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