Definition for EM-PIR'I-CISM


  1. Dependence of a physician on his experience in practice, without the aid of a regular medical education.
  2. The practice of medicine without a medical education. Hence, quackery; the pretensions of an ignorant man to medical skill. Shudder to destroy life, either by the naked knife, or by the surer and safer medium of empiricism. Dwight.

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