Case Number 90

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


This final record is about the highest-ranked official in the book. Later doctors would have been quite specific about his rank and name. However, neither plays a role in Xu’s discussion. Xu did not actually treat this patient, but simply prognosticated and explained his untimely demise. The case exemplifies the impact of the weather and the patient’s diet on the development of his pathology. According to Chinese medicine, a person has to eat the correct foods at regular mealtimes in each season and each type of weather. Before Xu was invited, another doctor treated the patient with three standard formulas, and even moxibustion, without success. Xu is making the point that, without a correct diagnosis, no therapy will help the patient.


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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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