Case Number 87
Because the patient was a traveler, this clinical encounter almost certainly took place in a hostelry rather than a private house. That is why Xu mentions a number of people witnessing his diagnosis who he does not identify as family members. Xu and other physicians had to adapt their behavior even to this anonymous setting. They could not disregard or dismiss questions or doubts raised by bystanders who knew something about medicine. Xu’s response was to convince them about the canonical basis of his diagnosis.
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