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Empiricism


EMPIR'ICISM, noun Dependence of a physician on his experience in practice, without the aid of a regular medical education.

1. The practice of medicine without a medical education. Hence, quackery; the pretensions of a ignorant man to medical skill.

Shudder to destroy life, either by the naked knife, or by the surer and safer medium of empiricism