Case Number 12
In this case Xu Shuwei treats a literatus who another physician had misdiagnosed and incorrectly treated. This therapy worsened the patient’s condition. Interestingly, although Xu quotes the Treatise while explaining the patient’s pathology, he uses his own medication. He often worked out his own solutions rather than relying on the ancient canons. He does not explain the effects of each drug, or how the combination affects the patient, but does briefly note the main effects of three of the five drugs. He assumes that his audience knows the qualities and effects of these drugs, so no further explanation is needed.
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