Chapter 337 This Is Murder
Qin Haodong frowned. As Hou Weiguo had said, if they couldn’t find out the patient’s problem or the problems in the prescription, then they could only place the blame on traditional Chinese medicine.
However, he believed that traditional Chinese medicine, which had been passed down for thousands of years, had completely formed its own system. It was impossible to have such a serious weak point.
Moreover, Zhang Tianhe had never killed any patients in his life. How could those three patients have suddenly died? There had to some kind of problem.
He read Zhang Tianhe’s three prescriptions seriously several times but still didn’t find any loopholes.
“What about it, Doctor Qin?”
Pan Liguo asked eagerly. As the director of Jiangnan Sanitary Bureau, he had been facing great pressure in the past two days, so he was hoping to solve the current dilemma with Qin Haodong’s help.
Qin Haodong said, “At present, these three prescriptions are used for the treatment of stomach and liver diseases. There is nothing wrong with them.”
Hou Weiguo said with a wry smile, “Then we can only put the blame on the Hall of Medical Fame, so we can appease public anger and give an explanation to the families of the dead. However, that will have a great negative impact on the traditional Chinese medicine industry, as it will mean that there is a problem with the prescription of traditional Chinese medicine.”
Qin Haodong stared at the prescriptions and tried to find the loopholes he hadn’t found yet. Then, he said, “There are many things to pay attention to when taking traditional Chinese medicine, such as the degree of the heating processes, the time, and any other foods the patient has eaten.”
Pan Gaofeng said, “I’ve asked people to investigate, and there’s no problem.”
This matter was considered very important by the administrative organization of Jiangnan City. After that incident, the Department of Sanity had immediately organized an investigation team to collect evidence on the spot and investigate the dependents of the deceased. Even the residue of the medicine that had not been eaten had been checked. No problem had been detected.
“It’s strange that there is something wrong but we can’t find out what!”
He took three prescriptions in his hand, checked them one by one, then put them on the table one by one, and finally arranged them in a row.
Hou Weiguo sighed and said, “If we can’t find the problem, we can only stop the investigation. This is urgent. We must give the public an explanation as soon as possible. We can’t delay it any more. It seems that we can only punish the Hall of Medical Fame.”
Qin Haodong suddenly cried, “Wait a minute! It seems like I have found the problem!”
Hou Weiguo and Pan Gaofeng asked with one voice.
Qin Haodong pointed to the prescriptions and said, “You see, there is a medicinal material in these three prescriptions called Paris polyphylla.”
“What’s the problem with that?” Hou Weiguo asked.
Pan Gaofeng, who also had a rough knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine, said, “Isn’t it a medicinal material? As far as I know, it’s effective in treating stomach and liver diseases. What’s wrong with it?”
Qin Haodong said, “On the surface, it seems that way. However, we have neglected a problem. Paris polyphylla used to be one of the ingredients on the Doctor Blacklist. If it is used properly, it can cure the disease and save people. If it is not used properly, it can harm people.”
“Doctor Blacklist? What is that?” Hou Weiguo didn’t know much about this.
Qin Haodong said, “In the Ming Dynasty, in order to ensure the drug safety of the royal family, many imperial doctors identified more than 5,000 kinds of medicinal materials and put them into six categories after 65 years of conducting drug trials on prisoners.
Out of these ingredients, 132 are acute toxic medicinal materials, 911 are relatively chronic toxic medicinal materials, and other medicinal materials are also classified. This is the famous imperial Doctor Blacklist that went down in history.”
Hou Weiguo asked, “How is it related to this case?”
Qin Haodong said, “Paris polyphylla is one of the 900 chronic toxic medicinal materials and it has an extremely special feature. If it is properly matched with other herbs, the toxicity can be effectively controlled and it can cure the disease and save people. If it is matched with inappropriate ingredients, it will become extremely toxic and cause death.
Zhang Tianhe’s prescriptions all included conventional medicine for treating stomach disease and liver disease, so we just didn’t find the problem.
However, the existence of Paris polyphylla changes everything. In every prescription is a medicine that can’t match it. That means that it’s already poisoned when it’s boiled, so it wouldn’t be surprising if people died after taking it.”
He snapped at the table and said, “So it was not a medical accident at all. This was murder!”
“How is this possible?”
Hou Weiguo and Pan Gaofeng were obviously shocked by Qin Haodong’s words.
Qin Haodong said, “Zhang Tianhe, who was an old Chinese medicine practitioner, naturally knew how to use Paris polyphylla. If he used it wrong once, it might be a coincidence. If he used it wrong twice, it could be understandable. However, he gave three prescriptions in one day, which was obviously intentional.
He was aware of the toxicity of Paris polyphylla and he used it skillfully. In each prescription, one or two mismatched drugs were included, which could accelerate the death of the patient.”
Pan Gaofeng calmed down and said, “But I still don’t understand what Zhang Tianhe was trying to do. He and these patients didn’t know each other. Why did he kill these people?”
Hou Weiguo said, “This way, the Hall of Medical Fame has also become a victim. The Wang family would never do such a thing by themselves.”
Qin Haodong said, “I don’t know his specific motive. However, Chinese medicine has become really popular recently, especially since the creation of the Blood Revival Elixir has cut off many people’s financial resources. These people would naturally want to cause trouble to Chinese medicine.
Moreover, Zhang Tianhe died that night after he gave three prescriptions. Generally speaking, the old Chinese medicine practitioner could have lived to be at least 70-80 years old. However, he just died in his sixties. The time of his death is too coincidental, so there must be a conspiracy behind this.”
Pan Gaofeng and Hou Weiguo nodded frequently. However, Hou Weiguo later said, “This is our guess. Although it seems very reasonable, it can’t be used as substantial evidence, nor can it be used to answer public questions.”
Qin Haodong said, “It’s true that guesses can’t be used as evidence, but this provides us with at least one direction in which we can look for evidence.”
Pan Gaofeng said, “Doctor Qin, what do you think we should do?”
Qin Haodong said, “Prepare three doses of drugs according to Zhang Tianhe’s prescriptions immediately and test their toxicity. Once the toxicity is confirmed, call the police to investigate.
Zhang Tianhe was not a fool. He did this on purpose. Thus, there must have been some kind of benefit in it for him. A benefit he would voluntarily take risks to acquire. He just didn’t expect to be killed afterwards.
The police could investigate his recent sources of income, or whether there was any other pattern. As long as they find any other evidence, the truth will be revealed to the world.”
Hou Weiguo said, “Doctor Qin is right. We’ll do it right away.”
As soon as they reached this conclusion, Qin Haodong’s cell phone rang. Lin Momo was calling.
“Haodong, come back quickly. A lot of people have gathered in front of Tangmen Company. They are claiming that the Blood Revival Elixir has killed people. They are shouting about destroying our company!”
“The Blood Revival Elixir killed people? That’s impossible!”
Qin Haodong had a good understanding of the drugs he developed. The Blood Revival Elixir, formerly known as Blood Revival Elixir Pill, was a treatment from the Cultivation World. It couldn’t possibly have side effects.
Since people had come and caused trouble at Tangmen Company again, it was obvious that the man behind all this was not satisfied with the collapse of the Hall of Medical Fame. He also wanted to fight him.
After he explained the matter to Pan Gaofeng and Hou Weiguo, Pan Gaofeng hurriedly said, “The Blood Revival Elixir is now the backbone of the traditional Chinese medicine circle. Go back and have a look. Don’t have another accident.”
Qin Haodong said coldly, “It is now obvious that this conspiracy is targeting the whole Chinese medicine circle. Its purpose is to completely eliminate traditional Chinese medicine and make traditional Chinese medicine bid farewell to this historical stage.”
Wang Weiguo said angrily, “These bastards. If we find out who did it, we must make them pay for it!”
Meanwhile, in front of the Tangmen Traditional Chinese Medicine Company, hundreds of people were gathered. They were divided into three layers that were blocking the gate completely.
On the outside, a group of people was holding various banners. “Traditional Chinese medicine is a pseudoscience. It is strongly recommended to ban traditional Chinese medicine.”
“This cruel company that deceives people to make money will be punished by god! Bullshit Doctor Qin Haodong, we want blood for blood!”
Behind them was a crystal coffin where a middle-aged man about 50 years old lay. Next to the coffin were dozens of people who were mourning. Some of them were in pain, and some were shouting slogans, led by a young man in his thirties and a girl in her twenties.
The man was wearing ordinary clothes and looked average. He was about 1.70 meters tall. If he hadn’t been standing in the front row, he would not have attracted people’s attention at all. That girl was quite different from him. She was actually pretty.
Ma Sanbao and the lame man were standing in the middle in front of these people. They were all patients who had been cured by Qin Haodong. After receiving the news that someone was going to besiege Tangmen Company, they had immediately come to support Qin Haodong and traditional Chinese medicine.
Behind Ma Sanbao were the security guards of Tangmen Traditional Chinese Medicine Company. They were at the door, waiting for them.
The young man shouted at Ma Sanbao, “Get out of the way! We are here to find Qin Haodong. This has nothing to do with you.”
Ma Sanbao said excitedly, “Doctor Qin is our life-saving benefactor. If you want to get him in trouble, you must do so over our dead bodies.”
A middle-aged man next to the young man called out, “You were all cheated by him! Qin Haodong is a charlatan. He doesn’t have any medical skills whatsoever. His Blood Revival Elixir is a way to cheat money out of you. You should believe in science and go see Western medicine doctors if you are ill. Don’t believe in the pseudoscience of traditional Chinese medicine.”
As he said this, he immediately aroused the public’s anger. The lame man shouted angrily, “Have you ever had leukemia? Do you know how leukemia should be treated? A box of Beconstantine costs more than 20,000 yuan and can only last one month.
I spent hundreds of thousands on Western medicine and even sold my house, but what happened in the end? I had no money, so I had to wait for death! In the end, Doctor Qin saved us. Traditional Chinese medicine saved us!”
Others also shouted angrily, “That’s true! Doctor Qin saved us. Traditional Chinese medicine saved our lives. You are not allowed to slander Doctor Qin and traditional Chinese medicine. You people have ulterior motives. Get out of here!”
Upon realizing that he was in a weak position, the young man took a step to the side and shouted while pointing at the crystal coffin behind him, “What do you know? The Blood Revival Elixir killed my father! Qin Haodong is a charlatan.”
As he spoke, the young man pulled the girl beside him close and cried, “We’ve had no mother ever since we were young. Our father worked hard to bring us up. Once, out of the blue, he didn’t have a good day and he was killed by that quack doctor called Qin Haodong.”