"emperico-" 1738; antedates OED2 1895--

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Jun 8 15:44:32 UTC 2012

"At present we are infected with an Empiricomany, or, An Infatuation
in favour of Empiricism or Quackery."

Boston Weekly News-Letter, 1737/38 Jan. 5, 2/1.  [Does not appear via
EAN Search.]

Within a letter signed "Philanthropos", which was a pseudonym of Dr.
William Douglass.

P.S.  The OED should settle on a single title for his "Summary of the
British Settlements".


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