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Marcellus Empirĭcus

(so called from his empirical work on medical remedies), of Burdigala (Bordeaux). Marshal of the household (magister officiorum) to Theodosius I., he compiled about A.D. 410 a dispensatory for the poor (De Medicamentis), which is chiefly founded on Scribonius Largus (q.v.), with many superstitious additions. It has a poetical epilogue of seventy-eight hexameters. The text is given in Ackermann's Parabilium Medicamentorum Script. Antiq. (Nürnberg, 1788), and lately edited by Helmreich (Leipzig, 1889). On Marcellus Empiricus, see Helmreich in the Blätter für das bayerische Gymnasialschulwesen, xviii. 392, 460.

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