Case Number 77

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


This case focuses on Aggravated Disorder (壞病) under the broad category of Cold Damage disorder. The term “Aggravated Disorder” appears twice in the Treatise. The discussion there is cursory, which probably bothered physicians in later generations. Xu attempts to correct this failing by providing a simple explanation. He focuses on the clinical aspect, and shows how a misdiagnosis and the consequent incorrect therapy can worsen the patient’s condition. He supports this judgment by quoting the patient, who says that two other doctors had incorrectly treated him. It is not the first time that Xu uses again the voice of a patient or a family member to confirm his suspicion that the patient had been incompetently attended.


Other Sources:

  1. Scheid, Volker, Dan Bensky, Andrew Ellis, and Randall Barolet. 2009. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies. Seattle: Eastland Press.Google Scholar
  2. 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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