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- noun Plural form of
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Galileo, of Newton, of Harvey, and innumerable others, have been opposed and denounced, each in its turn; while their promoters have been vilified as empyrics or innovators.
Generally, several meetings and some discussion enabled these empyrics to determine plans of strategy to screen themselves, by "_covering the tracks in the sand_," a remark frequently heard from members.
Yet has this operation of extraction been trumpeted into universal fashion for no other reason but because it is difficult to perform, and therefore keeps the business in the hands of a few empyrics, who receive larger rewards, regardless of the hazard, which is encountered by the flattered patient.