Case Number 29
In this case Xu’s medical encounter is interrupted by the need “to deal with another affair.” He does not say whether this was a more urgent case, but obviously he did not expect that in the mean time another physician would be engaged. It is unlikely that he would have left if he did not feel that the patient was stable and that the family accepted his contemplated therapy. His competitor treated the patient according to his own diagnosis, bringing on a grave and untreatable condition. Xu does not state outright that the patient died, but it is obvious he did not have long to live when Xu departed. Although we have only Xu’s viewpoint, it seems to be that he thought that the dire result was family’s fault. That is probably why he was short with them at the end.
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