Case Number 22
In this case Xu provides another glimpse into the nuances of the medical encounter in his time. The patient’s family has invited a number of physicians to examine the patient, and each has reached his own diagnosis. The patient’s house was evidently large enough to accommodate this group of rival physicians. Xu, a literatus physician, participated in these competitive encounters. In order to reach a conclusive diagnosis, he asked the patient’s relatives if he had vomited worms. When they confirm this suspicion, Xu delivers his diagnosis and administers two prescriptions.
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