Case Number 80

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


This case is unique in the collection since Xu presents a patient who, according to his own statement, is not sick with a Cold Damage disorder. In spite of the case’s title, Xu concludes that this is another disorder he terms ‘yin moving but do not reaching the yang’. He probably included this case to exemplify to his audience that some disorders resemble Cold Damage disorders but in fact their pathology is completely different. In discussing his pathology, Xu bring to the fore a new perception of the difference between male and female body, stating that in men Essence (jing) is predominant and in women Xue is predominant. This differentiation in physiology between men and women predates Chen Ziming 陳自明 (ca. 1190–1270), who is usually attributed to be the first to elaborate this.


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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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