Cases


Cases of Cataract with follow up treated with homeopathy have been presented by Dr.J.C.Burnett….


THE following case is, I think, although not very successful interesting: A lady, aet. 64, widow of a staff officer, has resided many years in India. She has cataract of both eyes these four years, worse of the right. Previously to the discovery of the cataract she had slept for four years in a room lined with arsenical wall paper. In this room she lay with diseased kidneys for nine months. She dreads an operation, and has already received mercury, iodide of potash, sulphate of zinc, and borax either topically or internally.

The opacity of the right lens has a stellate appearance. There is constant and great photophobia, and much secretion and morning agglutination.

The treatment was begun with Nux Vomica 3, and Sulphur 30. This was in June, 1876.

July 22. Eyes more comfortable. To take Belladonna 2, and Lithium carb. Carb. 3 trituration.

Sept. 12. General health decidedly improved. To bathe the eye-lids with a weak infusion of Calendula and take Zincum met. Mur. 3.

Sept. 30. Calcarea Carb. 3 trit.

Nov. 21. Sight and everything decidedly better. Arnica 6, and Gelseminum 6.

Dec. 12. Santon. 3.

Feb. 12th, 1877. Improvement in sight; can see better to read and write. Zincum met. Cyan. 3.

March. Euphrasia Off. (mother tincture).

April 25. The painfulness after dinner and on first waking is gone. Sight better. On examining with the ophthalmoscope one can see only very slight opacity of left lens; that of the right is whitish and opaque in its upper and outer portion.

Rep. and Phosphorus 30.

June. 5. More pricking in the eye and more secretion, Arnica Montana.

July 5. Sight better, but pain worse. Glonoin and Euphrasia.

Aug 9. The edge of the opacity seems a little less defined. Acid. Oxal. 2x.

Sept. 24. Eyes very painful. Calcarea Mur., 30

Jan. 12th, 1878. Ferrum phos. 6 trit.

Feb. 7. Kali Chlorum 6 trit

March 7. Nat. Mur. 6 trit.

April 10. Eyelids look much better, not being so inflamed, and the secretion is far less. Rep.

May 15. Worse. Kali Chlorum 6.

June 20. No better. Santonine 3 trit.

Sept. 25. Slight indications of gout in big toe. Nat Mur.

30. Dec. 28. No better. Pulsatilla Nut.1.

Feb. 5. 1879. No better. Aurum Fol. 1 trit.

March 11. Eyelids dreadfully bad; they smart very much, as if they contained pepper. Zincum met. Sul. 3 trit.

April 25. Eyelids as sore as ever. Lithium carb. Carb. 3.

May 29. Calcarea Mur. 30.

July 12. Eyelids better. Elaps. Cor. 6.

This is the sum of three years treatment, and is certainly not very encouraging. Still, I think the cataract is arrested, but the eyelids continue to be very troublesome.

I intend next trying a high dilution of Arsenicum to see if it will antidote the old arsenical poisoning which persistently resists medication, and the locus minoris resistentioe once established by the arsenicism seems fed by the gout. Could the chronic arsenical ophthalmia tarsi be got rid of, and some good reaction to the periphery be obtained a good result may yet be looked for. Patient’s general health is very good.

I give this case to show the immensely difficult task before me, and to try to get at the real truth, since I am neither desirous of deceiving my own mind nor the minds of others.

My next case was an aged lady treated at the Wirral Homoeopathic Dispensary; I gave her many medicines during a considerable period, and did her no good at all.

OBS. IV.-Mrs.-, aet. 66, came first under observation at the beginning of March, 1877. For eight years previously her sight had been failing, and twelve months before coming from Scotland to consult me, she was examined by Dr. Argyll. Robertson, of Edinburgh, who diagnosed double cataract, that of the left eye advanced, and less so that of the right. She has an elder brother with cataract that began at about the same age as did hers.

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.