Curability of Cataract with Medicines

Curability of Cataract with Medicines. Any little homoeopathic David can overcome the greatest allopathic giant, if he will only keep to his Materia Medica and the directions of Hahnemann….


THE limits of the curable and of the incurable are not represented by any fixed lines. What is incurable to-day may be curable tomorrow; and what we all of this generation deem incurable may be considered very amenable to treatment in the next generation.

When walking the hospitals years ago, I was taught, in respect of cataract, that there was nothing for it but an operation. A few months since I spent a little time at an excellent metropolitan hospital for the eye, and found that it is still the one thing taught, viz, if you have a cataract, there is no hope for you beyond that of getting blind, and then trying to get your sight again by having the cataractous lens removed.

On the twenty-eighth of May, 1875, I was sent for to see a lady suffering from acute ophthalmia. She informed me that her friend, Dr. Mahony, of Liver pool, had recommended her to try homoeopathy when she should again require medical aid, and had also mentioned my name to her. She seemed rather ashamed of calling in the aid of a disciple of Hahnemann, and was very careful to lay all the blame upon Dr. Mahony; “for,” said she, “I know nothing about it.” My patient was in a darkened room, and hence I could not well see what manner of woman she was; but I soon learned that she was the widow of an Indian officer and had spent many years in India, where she had ophthalmia a great many times, and that she was in the habit of getting this ophthalmia once or twice a year, or even oftener, ever since. It generally lasted several weeks, and then got better; no kind of treatment seemed to be of any great avail. Did I think homoeopathy would do her any good? I replied that we would try it.

I made an attempt at examining the eye by lifting up one of the laths of the venetian blind to let in the light, and then everthing the lid; but the photophobia and consequent blepharospasm were so great that I barely succeeded in recognizing that the right eye was a red, swelled mass, while the left one was only comparatively slightly affected-in fact, a case of panophthalmitis. A more minute examination was impossible, as the pain was so great that the patient screamed whenever any light was let into the eye. I took a mental note of the chief symptoms, notably of the fact that the inflammation was chiefly confined to the right eye, and went home and worked out the homoeopathic equation. I was especially anxious to make a hit, and so I spent about half-an-hour at the differential drug- diagnosis. The drug I decided upon was Phosphorus. Thus: R. Tc. Phosphorus lm. xij. Sac. lac. q.s. Div. in p. aeq. xij. S. One in a little water every hour. That would be about the one-hundredth part of a grain of Phosphorus at a dose, or rather less.

I called the next day, about eighteen hours thereafter, and my patient opened the door herself, slightly screening her eyes with her hand, and was quite able to bear a moderate amount of light. The inflammation was nearly gone; and the next day it was quite gone.

Patient’s amazement was great indeed. In all the twenty years of these ophthalmic attacks she had suffered much, and had a number of doctors, including London oculists, to treat her; but to no purpose. And yet she had been treated actively, and there had been no lack of physic and leeches, and also no lack of medical skill; but there was lacking in their therapeutics the one thing needful-THE LAW OF SIMILARS.

How was it that I, with no very special knowledge of the eye or of its diseases, and with only usual practical experience, could thus beat skilled specialists and men of thrice my experience?

Was it, perhaps, greater skill, deeper insight into disease, or more careful investigation of the case? BY no means…. It was just the law of similars, patiently carried out in practice.

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.