Cases



She has photophobia; great dimness of vision; objects do not seem distinct; cannot see anything at a distance; things at times appear double; her dimness of vision is unquestionably increasing.

I examine the eyes with the ophthalmoscope and note that the opacities are stellate in both eyes, that of the left much larger. Pupils react well to light: very slight arcus senilis; is breathless on going upstairs; suffers from flatulence; flushes readily; gets severe spasms at odd times over the stomach; has had erysipelas of the head and face six times, the first time more than forty years ago, and the last time three or four years ago; has haemorrhoids; often gets indigestion.

R. Tc. Aurum Muriaticum 3x. One drop at bed-time.

April 14. Better in general health, but the eyes are no better except that work does not strain them so much.

R. Glonoin 2 and Iodium 2.

May 16. Still better in general health; fancies she sees better.

To continue the medicines.

June 14. “I am thankful to say I do feel a shade of improvement in these bright sunny days. I used to feel the sunshine very blinding; but within the last fortnight I have felt my vision clear for distant objects.”

To continue the medicines.

September 1. “I feel thankful to say I do feel a shade better, can discern objects more clearly.”

To continue the medicines.

October 24. “I am not sensible of further improvement, but am better in general health.”

R. Hydrastis Canadensis 1x.

November. “…..; about my eyes-I am thankful to say I feel a little improvement, objects are clearer.”

To continue the medicine.

January 16, 1878. Much the same.

R. Ferrum Phosphoricum 6 trituration. Six grains night and morning.

March 9. has been reduced by a bad attack of bronchitis.

R. Acidum Nitricum 1. Three drops of water three times a day. April 26. I feel my eyes stronger; improvement in my sight is apparent.”

To continue the medicine.

May 22. Much the same. Natrum Muriaticum 6 trit.

July 3. No worse.

R. Santonine 3 trit., grana vj.

September 20. Have taken two lots of the powders (=72); no change. But after I had taken some seven of the powders AN ERUPTION CAME OUT ON MT ARMS AND SHOULDERS.”

R. Tc. Pulsatilla Nuttaliana 1. Two drops in water forenoon and afternoon.

December 13. “I have continued the `drops,’ which. I procured at Mr. Pottage’s in Edinburgh and am glad to say they have done me good; I do feel less of dimness and see things clearer than for some time previous… I do feel hopeful that the cataract is being checked, as I am feeling my sight better than it was six months ago.-P.S. My general health is very good. I have scarcely had a headache since I came under your treatment.”

To continue the medicine.

February 17, 1879. Is continuing to improve, but reminds me that she is very deaf these many years.

R. Tc. Elaps. Cor. 6.

April 22. “I am glad to say the drops have really done me good; my eyes seem clearer and I am quite sensible of improvement. Shall be in Edinburgh next week, and can get what you prescribe while there from Mr. Pottage. We have had a very severe winter, but I have kept well, and the longer experience makes me more convinced that the homoeopathic medicines agree very well with my constitution.”

To continue the medicines.

June 27. “I have again exhausted my little bottle I got filled, when in Edinburgh, and feel thankful to be able to say, my eyes are wonderfully improved; I am more sensible of this by the last medicine than I have felt by former drops or powders, and my constitution seems in good order considering my years.”

To continue the medicine.

September 5. It is two months since I wrote to you; my eyes are wonderfully improved, sometimes I can read a little without the aid of my spectacles; I feel my constitution to be in a very healthy state; I am free of all headaches, and stomach and bowels in good order.

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.