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Case Number 55

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

Abstract

In this case Xu Shuwei, after using a standard formula, applied exceptional therapies: an ancient steaming technique, and needling to achieve bloodletting. Only the latter produced the desired effect. Again, Xu did not perform the needling himself but ordered it done, which suggests that educated doctors did not perform these manual procedures. Why would Xu discuss ineffective treatments? He is showing that correct diagnosis and therapy are sometimes a matter of trial and error. He is not afraid to admit that he is sometimes wrong.

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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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