Case Number 73

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


This case is another example of adversarial debate as part of the medical encounter. The family often decided, based on the outcome of oral argument, which physician would be retained to treat the patient. Xu presents the patient’s symptoms, and remarks that it seemed the disorder was repeating itself. He disagrees, suggesting that this was a proposition by another physician. Xu then elaborates his own diagnosis and treatment strategy.


Other Sources:

  1. 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
  2. Unschuld, Paul U., trans. 2016b. Nan Jing: The Classic of Difficult Issues With commentaries by Chinese and Japanese authors from the Third through the Twentieth century The Complete Chinese Text with an Annotated Translation. Berkley, CA: University of California Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asaf Goldschmidt
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    • 2
  1. 1.Department of East Asian StudiesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Visiting ProfessorRenmin University of ChinaBeijingChina

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