Case Number 63

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


The main symptom in this case is nosebleed. A doctor demonstrates his knowledge of Cold Damage disorders, and claims that nosebleed comes about when a patient who should be sweated is not. Xu disagrees, and quotes two sentences from the Treatise to demonstrate that his competitor misunderstood the issue at hand. Xu points out this error to his readership, as usual, without mocking or ridiculing the other doctor. He then provides his diagnosis, along with quotations from the Treatise to support it. He claims that if his patient were sweated, it would severely harm him. He prescribes a formula that includes Rhinoceros Horn, a rare and expensive drug (see Case Number  42).


Other Sources:

  1. Mitchell, Craig, Feng Ye, and Nigel Wiseman. 1999. Shang Han Lun (On Cold Damage); Translation and Commentaries. Brookline, MA: Paradigm Publications.Google Scholar
  2. Scheid, Volker, Dan Bensky, Andrew Ellis, and Randall Barolet. 2009. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies. Seattle: Eastland Press.Google Scholar
  3. Yu, Bohai 于伯海, et. al. 1997. Shanghan jinkui wenbing mingzhu jicheng 伤寒金匮温病名著集成 [Collected Famous Works on Cold Damage, Golden Casket, and Febrile Disorders]. Beijing, Huaxia chubanshe.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asaf Goldschmidt
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of East Asian StudiesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Visiting ProfessorRenmin University of ChinaBeijingChina

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