Chapter 1 – Introduction


An elaborate discussion on menopause and complaints felt at that time like hot flushes, menorrhagea, leucorrhoea, uterine fibroids etc, along with their homeopathic treatment….


THE CHANGE OF LIFE IN WOMEN and the ILLS AND AILINGS INCIDENT THERETO by J. COMPTON BURNETT, M.D.

It stands in evil repute does the change of life in women; and when a more than usually curious patient enquires of us the nature of this or that, and we reply, “Oh, it is the change of life!” a more or less sufficient reason is thereby supposedly given, and the women is heard resignedly to exclaim, “Ah, I suppose I must except trouble at my time of life!” But why should poor woman except trouble at the change of life? That she does, a a matter of fact, often suffer at and after that time of life is all too evident; but again, Why?

Surely the thing can be accounted for, and measures taken to prevent, cure or palliate said sufferings.

Girls are more forward than boys at a given early age up to the looming of the menses, as any of us can see in our own families; but no sooner does menstruation begin than the superiority of the girl over the boy is at and end. The boy slowly gains upon her and becomes more aggressive, and the girl more retiring..

The explanation of this lies close at hand, -the girl’s digestion and assimilation are so arranged that she shall for some thirty years or so of her life’s course, from puberty to menopause, make blood enough for her own maintenance and activities plus what should or might be needed for gestation and lactation, the menstruation being primarily a means of maintaining her equipoise by throwing overboard at stated times a given not called for blood supply, prepared by the time of each ovulation as a possibly needed food reserve, which throwing overboard of said supercargo does not occur if impregnation of the ovule take place. It is this menstrual arrangement which must be kept in view if we are to understand the change of life and its sequels, and indeed if we are understand women’s diseases at all any period.

The resignation of many women to their various sufferings is to me often absolutely astonishing, and many times have I enquired of my professors, of books, of myself, and finally of old mother Nature, what this change really is. It is not a little instructive to work out clinical problems for one’s self, just as they really are, without the godfathership of schoolmen, who often seem to me to stand between truth and one’s mental vision; we very commonly learn our professor’s teachings only, and never see the things themselves.

Unobscured by Preconceptions

The importance of the change of life in the practice of medical men, notably in those who see much of diseases of women, needs no demonstration. The change of life is very commonly regarded as something positive that, so to speak, attacks the woman’s health, “I suppose it is all the ‘change’,” one hears very constantly.

Now, what is this “change of life” that causes so much misery to so many women?

I am treating a lady for haemorrhoids that bleed furiously here and there, causing alarming symptoms of faintness, so that tonics and stimulants are in constant requisition.

“My family doctor says I must undergo an operation for the piles, or I shall never get well, but I think myself it is all the change.”

I saw a lady yesterday for rheumatoid arthritis and lumbago; she is fifty one years age, and the ends of her finger bones are getting knobby, and the erstwhile elegant little hand, with tapering fingers, is becoming “full of horrid knobs,”…… said she, “I suppose it’s due to the change of life; you know I have turned fifty, and those things have left me.”

And continuing – “And these horrid flushes: my family doctor has given me no end of things for it, and Dr. Jones gave me Lachesis and you gave me Urtica, but nothing has done me the least bit of good.”

James Compton Burnett
James Compton Burnett was born on July 10, 1840 and died April 2, 1901. Dr. Burnett attended medical school in Vienna, Austria in 1865. Alfred Hawkes converted him to homeopathy in 1872 (in Glasgow). In 1876 he took his MD degree.
Burnett was one of the first to speak about vaccination triggering illness. This was discussed in his book, Vaccinosis, published in 1884. He introduced the remedy Bacillinum. He authored twenty books, including the much loved "Fifty Reason for Being a Homeopath." He was the editor of The Homoeopathic World.