Case Number 60
In this case Xu Shuwei takes up an issue relevant to medical practice then and today, the need to be patient until the medication takes it full effect. He straightforwardly diagnoses the patient. The patient consumes the medicine, but manifests a new symptom, namely restlessness in the arms and legs. At that point someone raises an objection to Xu’s treatment, asserting that he should have applied cooling drugs, which probably was the conventional therapy. Xu defends himself by quoting from the Treatise, which cautions that one has to wait patiently for the medication to work. Waiting indeed solves the problem. In other words, Xu is warning physicians to let the treatment take its course, even if initially it looks like the patient is taking a turn for the worse.
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