Case Number 69

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


In this brief case record, following a list of the female patient’s major symptoms, Xu states that a number of doctors had treated her, worsening her ailment. Based on his pulse and touch diagnosis (since Xu states that the area below the navel was warm), Xu correctly diagnosed the disorder and gave her medicine. After his prescription stopped the diarrhea and relieved her thirst, he administered additional drugs that induced sweating and brought about recovery. This use of unnamed simples deviates from Xu’s objective of educating his reader. He probably thought that these details would be so obvious to contemporaries that he need not specify them.


Other Sources:

  1. Bensky, Dan, Steven Clavey, and Erich Stöger. 2004. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia medica. 3rd ed. Seattle: Eastland Press.Google Scholar
  2. Scheid, Volker, Dan Bensky, Andrew Ellis, and Randall Barolet. 2009. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies. Seattle: Eastland 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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