Case Number 67

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


This is a very brief and rather odd case. It is unclear what Xu Shuwei had in mind including this case in the collection, apart from differentiating two Bind syndromes, Chest Bind and Visceral Bind. The patient here is a merchant who was living on his boat. Exposure to the weather evidently led to Cold Damage disorder. After Xu examines the patient he asserts that his disorder is not Chest Bind, perhaps referring to the diagnosis of another physician, but rather Visceral Bind. Xu concludes that he cannot save the patient. The next day, the patient indeed succumbs to his disease. Xu provides a quotation from the Treatise as well as a few diagnostic signs, one of which is tongue fur, to enable his readers to differentiate this syndrome.


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. 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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