SGZ wrote:Hua Tuo was indeed highly skilled in his medicinal practice, but he was originally a scholar. Although he was skilled at healing people, he often regretted he was looked upon as a doctor by profession. Later on, when [Cao Cao] had taken personal control [of the affairs of the state], his illness became more severe and intensified. So he had Hua Tuo attend to him exclusively. “This condition is hard to heal in the short term, it requires a long term treatment to heal,” replied Hua Tuo. Hua Tuo was away from home for a long time and desired to return home. Telling Cao Cao, “I have received a letter from home, I wish to return temporarily.” Upon returning home, Hua Tuo delayed his return based on his wife’s sickness. Several extensions were added to his leave yet he did not return. [Cao Cao] wrote letters calling for his return. He even dispatched an imperial decree to the local authorities to send Hua Tuo back. Hua Tuo found it distasteful waiting on others for a living, he was proud of his abilities. So he delayed his departure back to Cao Cao. [Cao Cao] in his anger dispatched men to investigate.
If indeed his wife was ill, he would bestowed upon them forty bushels of ‘xiao dou’ and be lenient on his return date. If it was false excuse in delaying return, then Hua Tuo was to be apprehended and brought back. Hua Tuo was then thrown in prison, confessing his fault. Xun Yu (one of Cao Cao’s advisors) petitioned on Hua Tuo’s behalf saying to Cao Cao: “His skills are truly effective, many lives depend on him. Spare him on this account.” [Cao Cao] answered back, “Don’t worry, you think there are no other rats like him All under Heaven?” Hua Tuo was then sentenced to death. Upon his execution, he presented a scroll to the jailer. “This can save lives,” said Hua Tuo. The jailer fearful of the law didn’t accept the scroll. Nor did Hua Tuo force it upon him. Instead he inquired for a fire to burn the scroll.
Cao Cao’s beloved son, Cang ShuG died of illness. [Cao Cao] in anguished cried out: “I regret putting Hua Tuo to death. In doing so I have condemned my son to death!”
Dong Zhou wrote:SGZ, Huo Tao lied to him and broke the law, how is applying the law immature?
SGYY, would you belive someone who wanted to cut open your head back then? It isn't suprising Cao Cao doesn't react too kindly to that espically after Ji Ping
Dong Zhou wrote:I don't think he should have been killed but as you said, he should be punished
Ignoring orders Shield
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