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  • n. Archaic spelling of empiric.


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  • But generally these shifts to postpone the period of exhaustion fail, for they are merely the efforts of the empyric.

    Report of the North-Carolina Geological Survey. Agriculture of the Eastern Counties: Together with Descriptions of the Fossils of the Marl Beds

  • I will recommend a physician -- an empyric who is devoted to me -- to the illustrious Cardinal, who has been given over by the most scientific in Paris.

    Cinq Mars — Complete

  • Where scrophulous ulcers about the neck are difficult to heal, Dr. Beddoes was informed, in Ireland, that an empyric had had some success by inflaming them by an application of wood sorrel, oxalis acetosella, the leaves of which are bruised in a mortar, and applied on the ulcers for two or three days, and then some more lenient application is used.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Whereas I saw some patients couched by depression many years ago by a then celebrated empyric, Chevalier Taylor, who were not confined above

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • The probe of an unskilful empyric sometimes does more harm in the loose cellular membrane of these parts than the original ulcer, by making a fistula he did not find.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Mrs. Thomas's eyes were now sufficiently opened to discern the imposture, and, with a very serene countenance, told the empyric, that accidents will happen, but means might be fallen upon to repair this fatal disappointment.

    The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland

  • In a word, the miser's stock was also lost, the empyric himself, and the daughter reduced to beggary.

    The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland

  • Lord Roscommon's intended retreat into Italy, already mentioned, on account of the troubles in James the IId's reign, was prevented by the gout, of which he was so impatient, that he admitted a repellent application from a French empyric, by which his distemper was driven up into his bowels, and put an end to his life, in 1684.

    The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland

  • Being alone with him during one of thefe attacks, which he fupported with impatience, I was ftriving to difluade him from the ufe of empyric remedies, when one Siropolo, who had already propofed one to him, entered his apartment.

    Memories of the Baron de Tott, on the Turks and the Tartars

  • The want of a theory, deduced from such strict analogy, to conduct the practice of medicine is lamented by its professors; for, as a great number of unconnected facts are difficult to be acquired, and to be reasoned from, the art of medicine is in many instances less efficacious under the direction of its wisest practitioners; and by that busy crowd, who either boldly wade in darkness, or are led into endless error by the glare of false theory, it is daily practised to the destruction of thousands; add to this the unceasing injury which accrues to the public by the perpetual advertisements of pretended nostrums; the minds of the indolent become superstitiously fearful of diseases, which they do not labour under; and thus become the daily prey of some crafty empyric.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life


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