Case Number 7
This case holds a number of interesting issues. The first is the fact that the brother of the patient raises a similarity between his brother’s case to another case recorded in Xu’s book. It is unclear how this is possible since these cases were neither published nor public knowledge. One possibility is that some of Xu’s cases became famous among the people as great successes and thus the reference. Another possibility is that this may be a literary tool used by Xu to raises the comparison between somewhat similar cases to stress the difference to his audience. If it is a literary tool, then, it means that Xu inserted this reference on purpose. This means that he thought about its role and he had a specific intention for placing it in this case. He may have thought that this was a way to show the reader that his cases were so famous that other patients or their family heard about them.
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