Case Number 86
In this case, three physicians examined the patient, and judged that his disorder was too severe to treat. When Xu was invited, he was reluctant to comply, but felt he had no choice. After examining the patient, depending on the pulse for a prognosis, he announced that the disease was indeed grave. He noted that although the Treatise mentions this disorder, it does not record a treatment. He also stated that drugs show less effect on patients who vomit and have diarrhea, which makes sense according to biomedical physiology. This is not the first case in which Xu states that the Treatise’s information is incomplete or lacking (not listing a treatment for this manifestation type). The patient’s condition was so serious, that he needed half a month to fully recover, longer than stated in other cases in the collection.
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