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To Generate and Transform

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/9780520260689.003.0007
To Generate and Transform

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This chapter discusses the case of Ms Wei who died because of an incorrect diagnostic procedure. After giving birth in 1831, Ms. Wei fell ill and was diagnosed as suffering from internal stagnation of blood. Diagnosis of blood stagnation was common in cases of postpartum abdominal pain accompanied by distension. As a response to these symptoms, the doctor prescribed her zedoary rhizome and bur-reed rhizome, but after taking the medicines, Ms. Wei became mentally confused and began to babble. The doctor responded by increasing the dosage of the medicines which unfortunately only deteriorated Ms. Wei's condition, and her vital signs abruptly ceased. After the death of Ms. Wei, her husband concerted a medical study and found out that his wife was a victim of incorrect diagnosis regarding the stagnation of blood.

Keywords: stagnation of blood; medical study; medicines; postpartum health; transform

Chapter.  14509 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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