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2 comments on this post.
  1. Rosemarie:

    Gee, I had no idea the word “empiric” had such negative connotations! I’ve only (and often) heard it used in a phrase like “empiric evidence,” meaning evidence you can actually experience (see, taste, touch, count, measure, etc.) for yourself. As in, “This isn’t just an unproven theory I have – I have empiric evidence to back it up.”

  2. Joey and Maggie:

    This term is still used today in medical literature and documenting the type of anti-infective treatment. The reason for giving an anti-infective may be: prophylactic therapy, documented infection, or empiric therapy. Wiki has a little synopsis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empiric_therapy

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