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CASE OF UNILATERAL ARREST OF DEVELOPMENT, CASE OF CONSTITUTIONAL BLIGHT DUE TO VACCINATION; ECZEMA AND ASTHMA. GLUMNESS; SPINAL CURVATURE; STUNTED GROWTH. TOOTHLESS, RICKETS, RINGWORM. PUNY GROWTH, AND UGLINESS. MEDICINAL TREATMENT. versus SPECTACLES IN THE EYE DEFECTS OF CHILDREN….


ON A CASE OF UNILATERAL ARREST OF DEVELOPMENT-LOPSIDEDNESS ONE BREASTEDNESS : Illustrating Post-natural Growth.

On the 16th May 1883, a young lady, 16 years of age, was brought to me by her father, a clergyman, then residing in Kent. He did so because I had been mentioning to him some interesting curative work I had done in the medicinal treatment of backwardness.

The most salient point in the case was the fact that while the right half of her trunk was very nicely developed and the right breast normal and perfect in form, the left breast was only rudimentary, like a boy’s, the left arm not much more than half its proper size. The roof of her mouth was very much arched, the left side of her face drawn to one side, so that her mouth was awry. Her speech very imperfect indeed, she being unable to articulate, and her sense of hearing bad, being clearly in a similar state of arrested development. She began to menstruate at 15, and is regular; suffers from frontal headaches, her tongue deeply cracked (chopped, fissured). On going over this case very carefully, nothing seemed to offer any therapeutic cue: her parents are well and normal, so are her brothers and sisters, and, more over, all well and well-bred. Vaccinated? Yes; she was vaccinated at three months of age, but it did not take well, and hence she was done again. At this point I must refer to my little book entitled “Vaccinosis and its Cure by Thuja,” which I beg my readers to peruse, and then return to this narration.

Rx Thuja 30.

June 13.-On the whole very much better; can certainly articulate better, and the head is not so much out of the perpendicular. Rx Rep.

July 11.-The pain in the left side is better; she has thread-worms; frontal headache gone seems very weak.

Rx Ceanothus Am. 1x 3ss., five drops in water night and morning.

Ceanothus is a left-sided medicine, i.e., it acts electively more on the left side of the body, and specifically on the spleen.

August 22.-Pain in the side (a dull sensation really) is gone; she is said to pass shreds from the bowels. All agree that she articulates distinctly better.

Rx Rep.

September 7.-Thuja occid. C.

October 17.-Although her side continues comfortable, she seems to have been ailing more generally in herself, AND HAS HAD SOME BOIL Speaks and articulates decidedly better. The lopsidedness is much less apparent, the left side having grown. Hears very much better.

Rx Psoricum 30.

November 23.-Left side feels comfortable; further great improvement in her articulation; less lopsidedness; breathing very rough; tonsils are of enormous size; small polypus in the left nostril.

Rx Euonymin 3x.

January 9, 1884.-Has run down; a crack in left angle of mouth; piles, and has passed thread-worms in great numbers.

Rx Tc. Sanguinaria 1x, and a Teucrium snuff.

February 8.-Lopsidedness still noticeable; many seat-worms.

Rx Vaccinin 30.

March 7.-Much backache; the medicine seems to have completely upset her; hands and feet very cold.

Rx Ceanothus 1 and Hepar 3x.

April 16.-Side better; hands and feet no warmer. HAS HAD SEVERAL LITTLE BOILS. Still some frontal headache; sick in the “back”; breathing is better; hearing a little better.

Rs Psoricum 30 and Thuja 30.

May 16.-On the whole better; complains again much of frontal headache; is not so straight as she was; in the night complains of a lump in the side, and the side is said to swell in the posterior aspect of the spleen region. Talks and hears better.

Rx Lueticum CC.

July 11.-Better than ever before; the nocturnal swelling gone; tonsils still very large; is again very deaf; her breathing is quite changed, and is now almost normal; she talks away, and evinces an interest in everything; the polypus is smaller.

Rx Rep.

October 17.-Complains of pain in the left breast, and on examining I find shingles just developing in the left side, involving the left mamma.

Rx Variolin C.

29.-Cured the pain in the left mamma and blighted the shingles straightway, and she has been wonderfully well altogether.

Rx Rep.

November 28, 1884.-Is like one of the rest for all practical purposes: her left breast has grown, is well formed, and fit for its natural function.

TEN YEARS LATER.

The cure holds good. I had not seen the patient during the past ten years until a few days since. It cannot be maintained that patient is absolutely normal, because there is some hesitancy and splutter in her speech, and she holds her head a little on one side, but that is all. Very close inspection shows that the left breast is a very little smaller than the right one, but so very slight that no one would notice it unless attention were specially called to the matter, and the less so as the two breast are very rarely of exactly the same size in anybody.

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.