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Late Imperial <i>Fuke</i> and the Literate Medical Tradition

Yi-Li Wu

in Reproducing Women

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780520260689
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947610 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520260689.003.0002
Late Imperial Fuke and the Literate Medical Tradition

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This chapter discusses the wife of Shi Jiefan, who became pregnant and surprisingly gave birth to twins. Her family and husband were surely relieved to see how well she seemed following delivery, but it was not until she developed a fever and abdominal distension that they were alerted to the fact that something was wrong. Mrs. Shi's family immediately sought medical attention for her and called Doctor Wei Zhixiu, who diagnosed her as being afflicted by stagnant blood, and he also noticed that there had been a case of medical malpractice. Sometime later, Doctor Wei incorporated the case of Mrs. Shi into A Continuation of the Cases from the Famous Doctors, a collection of more than fifty-two thousand hundred medical cases representing the experiences of more than three hundred practitioners. In the sixteenth century, this medical case collection had become an important textual genre, serving to showcase the erudition of different physicians and serving as reference for aspiring doctors.

Keywords: doctors; medical malpractice; medical case; physicians; pregnant; fuke

Chapter.  16195 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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