As this lady has been taking medicines now for about two years and a half, and is so well in her general health, and the sight evidently not only vastly improved but still improving, I advise abstention from all medication for a time.

I have given the extracts from this lady’s letters, and thus my readers can judge for themselves. I have not seen her since the commencement of the treatment. I call attention to the appearance of the eruption, to the lady’s age-now nearly 69-to the fact that her brother has also cataract, and to the vast improvement in her general health.

Cataract is a constitutional complaint, and we must treat the person, not the cataract. Thus in this case my first prescription was given for the heart symptoms, and it is very evident that the Aurum really benefited the heart, and that was the first step up the therapeutical ladder.

As far as I know, an advanced cataract, of eight year’s growth, does not thus behave between the ages of 66 and 69 when let alone.

November 1879. The report runs: “My breathing is no better, but my eyes continue well, my sight is wonderfully strong.”

OBS. V.-Gentleman of high position, 59 years of age, has cataract of right eye, left eye doubtful; his mother had double cataract; 47 years ago an apple hit his left eye and permanently injured it; thus more work had been thrown on right eye.

When looking at the moon or a candle, he sees a disk of red.

May 1877. R. Arnica Montana, 1.

June 20. Has an impression that the left eye (which was injured) is a little improved.

To continue with the Arnica.

This gentleman did not consult me again; he seemed vexed because I would not give him any positive prognosis, and announced his intention of going to his eye surgeon again; and, as I know the latter spends his spare time in laughing at Homoeopathy, there is no difficulty in guessing the result of the interview.

I never give a positive prognosis as to the curability of any given case of cataract, as I have no sufficient data to go by; I simply say, “Try, and if we fail you can still have recourse to an operation.”

OBS. VI.-Maiden lady aet. 49, came under treatment on January 13, 1878, for cataract. Had taken a great deal of Platina 3x. in 5 grain doses, night and morning for many months! The first day of taking it, it gave her a congestive headache. This I mention, as it may have had something to do with the lenticular opacities.

Her symptoms were these: Both upper lids swollen the left worse; the right eye was the first affected, and is, perhaps, the more misty of the two, but in the left eye there is an appearance of white transparent threads, and when inflamed, a crescent shaped band, like a flame, seems to cross it below the lids, but does not remain; the eyes are often inflamed, especially the left one; there are heat, soreness, and sometimes itching; the eyes are better at the seaside.

R.Ferrum phos. 6 trit. In 6 grain doses, three times a day.

Feb. 10 “Have felt stronger; the bowels more regular the first week, but less so the week following. The halo I used to see around a candle-flame has almost disappeared, but seems to have given place to a somewhat greater mistiness; there is also less dread of light, less aching, and less inflammation, so that on the whole the eyes are decidedly stronger.”

R. Trit. 6 Nat Mur.

July 5. “My eyes are much stronger and better in every way.”


August 5. “Altogether I am in much better health; the eyes are much stronger; can see distant objects better.”

She perspires a good deal in the head.

R. Calcarea Carb. 6 trit.

She subsequently informed me by letter, that her vision was very materially improved; she could see distant objects better; from her sitting-room window she could clearly distinguish objects far down an opposite street. She is not desirous of further treatment.

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.