Accurate Diagnosis from the Yellow Emperorís Classic
Di continued his questioning. "I would be very
thankful to hear some of the essentials in regard to clinical situations."
Bo answered, "The key to accurate diagnosis of conditions lies in
observation of the patient's color and complexion, and palpation of the pulses.
These two techniques are the essential tools of diagnosis. If one does not
understand and cannot utilize them, when one attempts
to treat a condition, malpractice and further injury to the patient will occur.
You see, if this same thing were applied to running a country, what would
happen to the country? So, doctors of today should eliminate their bad habits
and ignorance, open their minds, and learn the essence
of pulse and color diagnosis. Only by doing so will they ever succeed in
reaching the level of the ancient sages."
Di said, "I have now heard you in your
teachings. What you seem to be saying is that in diagnosis one should never
minimize the value of the techniques of pulse and color. But are there any
other specifics that one can utilize?"
Bo answered, "Yes. There is one other important thing. That is the
interrogation of the patient, the inquiry."
Di asked, "How does one go about this?"
Bo replied, "First, select a quiet environment. Close all doors and
windows. Gain the trust of the patient so that the patient can completely
convey everything that is pertinent to the condition. Be thorough and
differentiate the truth. Observe the patient's spirit. When there is spirit,
the prognosis is positive. When the spirit is gone, the condition is very
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