Case Number 83
In this case the patient is vomiting, due to qi moving contrary to its natural direction, as the case record states. A physician who examined the patient concluded that heat in the stomach system caused the vomiting, but the treatment he administered was not effective. Xu provides a detailed description of the pulse, and Xu raises an interesting issue: the pulse cannot be read when the patient is lying prostrate. This subtle point enables Xu to diagnose the disorder and decide on a course of treatment. This detail implies that the encounter, as usual, took place at the patient’s home.
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