Reasons



In an admirable Report * “Phila. Medorrhinum Times,” xvi., 484.* on the Progress of Pathology by J.H. Muser, M.D., Mr. Sutton, F.R.C.S., is given as authority for the following view: “irritation local or otherwise, affecting the tissue, may cause abnormal epithelial growths, which rising above the general level, may produce a wart. On the other hand the epithelial growths may dip into the sub-epithelial tissues, and on account of lack of formative development either and on account of lack of formative development either from decline of vigour or general constitutional debility, the new tissue never develops functional debility the new tissue never develops functionally runs riot, and originates tissues of low vitality carcinomata. The conditions favourable to the development of carcinomata – debility, etc. – are absent in the young hence in the young we have warts; in the old, cancers.”

What then, is the bearing of these facts upon the treatment of probably malignant tumours? passing by the cures of warts by internal medicine alone, which almost every homoeopathic practitioner has observed over and over again we need only call attention to the cures by the same method of tumours of the female breast an organ notoriously disposed to malignant neoplasms here the action of Conium cannot be denied and what is true of this remedy may be true of many others.

A thorough study of the symptoms of each individual case, with the view of finding the exact simillimum, the exhibition of the latter in different attenuations, if necessary changing the remedy only when a change of symptoms demands it, and extreme extreme watchfulness for involvement of the neighboring glandular structures, make up, it appears to us, the duty of the physician. Whether he would be justified in holding out any hope of cure by internals medication after evidences of systemic infection exist, must be decided by his own experience; but, as there are always cases in which operation is inadmissible, or in which it will not be allowed, opportunities will not be wanting to continue treatment with the properly chosen remedy.

If statistics of our treatment can be collated and analysed, the results will, we feel sure, give encouragement to physicians and sufferers as well, and demonstrate anew, and in a strikingly brilliant manner, the value of our law of cure.

We earnestly hope, then, that those of us who hold hospital or dispensary appointments will endeavour to employ the method of internal medication in cases of malignant growths whenever it is fairly admissible to do so, and that records of cases containing diagnosis checked off as to their accuracy by every method known to medical science, together with the symptoms in full and the treatment used, may soon appear in our journals. Thus will be laid the foundation for a new and lasting monument to Homoeopathy.”

Without going so far as the author of this article, I must certainly say I attribute some of my success in the treatment of cancers and other tumours by medicines to a due recognition of the traumatic fact, not in diagnostics merely, but also in therapeutics.

Miss L.C., aged thirteen years, came under my observation at then end of July, 1879. About eight weeks previously a miserable lad in the street hit her on the right breast with considerable violence; from that time on, this breast became swollen and very painful, until at length she was quite unable to lie on her right side. Patient’s mother was poitrinaire, as was also her brother, and my experience teaches me that the members of poitrinaire families are particularly liable to suffer from blows.

At first no notice was taken of the young lady’s complaints, but week after week went by, and she persisted in referring to the pain in her breast. Whether any domestic means had been employed I do not now remember, but eventually I was sent for, as vague notions of tumour and cancer rendered the parents uneasy. On comparing the breasts, the right one was found to be by much the larger, being swollen and very tender.

I thought this a very proper case for testing the antitraumatic virtue of the old English bruisewort, and hence prescribed thus:

Rx. Tc. Bellis perennis 3x. 3ij.

S.-Three drops to be taken in water four times a day. The result was a very rapid disappearance of pain and swelling, and in a fortnight patient could lie again on the right side. And a few days later an examination showed that the swelling had entirely disappeared.

Nothing whatever was applied to the part, no change was made in diet, mode of life, or place of abode, and as the thing had already existed for eight weeks, the positively curative effect of the Bellis can hardly be denied, which is the one point this case is meant to exemplify and to teach, and that because it is so very difficult to demonstrate positively the effect of any one remedy when the tumefaction has become a genuine neoplasia, or hyperplasia. *In this case there was, of course, no hyperplasia.* Too many of my cases prove this.

XLV

Just one other case of a new-growth as my forty-fifth reason for being a homoeopath. You will see that the general character of a drug often helps us where our law becomes more or less inaccessible. It is a-

TUMOUR IN THE THROAT

A married lady of fifty-four came on August 8th, 1883, to consult me about a lump in her throat. In the left side of the top of the neck there was a hard body about the size of a hen’s egg, but flatter. The tumour had been there for a very long time, and with it she had much throat irritation. It was situated to the left and behind the larynx, but whether actually connected with the oesophagus or larynx, I could never quite satisfy myself. It moved up and down with the act of deglutition.

Rx. Trit. 3x Sul. iod., 3iv., gr. vj, ter die.

August 22nd.-No change

Rx. Psorinum30.

October 5th.-The throat-i.e. the fullness, uneasiness, pain and distress in the throat- is very much better, and the tumour has sensibly diminished in size.

Rx. Thuja occid. 30 November 1st.-The tumour is about half gone.

Rx. Psorinum30.

29th.-The tumour about two-thirds gone; general health good. Rx Thuja 30.

December 21st.-There is some tickling in the throat. The tumour is larger again, and the patient feels choky.

Rx Psor so.

January 14th, 1884.-The tumour has again sensibly diminished in size.

Rx. Psorinum C.

February 8th.-Tumour still swollen.

Rx Mercurius viv. 5.

March 3rd.-“I feel the lump very much less, about half its original size,” said the lady. She has much rheumatism in ankles and knees.

Rx Silicea, 6 trit., in frequently repeated doses.

31st.-Has been visiting a friend suffering from consumption, and since then has spit a little blood-streaked phlegm; has a good deal of tickling in the throat.

Rx Psorinum 30.

April 16th.-No coloured expectoration for a week, and then very trifling; the tickling in the throat is better, but the throat feels very rough. The tumour is rather smaller.

Rx.-Sul iod. 3x, six grains three times a day.

30th.-No coloured expectoration for the past week; the tickling in the throat is very much better, but talking brings it on. The tumour has lately not altered sensibly in size, but it is more self-contained, and one can now demonstrate that it is not connected with the larynx, being in the areolar tissue, behind and to its left. Has a good deal of rheumatism.

Rx. Tc. Condurango 1, 3iv. Five drops in water three times a day.

May 21st.-Thinks it is not so well; tickling sensation in the throat is worse. Feels the spring. The throat is worse in the morning and when tired.

Rx. Thuja 30.

June 10th.-Throat rather better; has only had the coloured expectoration once, but the voice is hoarse, and she feels her throat weak. Has rheumatism in ankles and knees, worse after motion. The tumour is a trifle smaller.

Rx. Urea 6.

June 11th.-More blood-coloured expectoration. Has had all the symptoms of a cold; aching all over with tingling, and feeling giddy and ill; aphonia; much tenderness in the neck; rheumatism better; urine thick (unusual); violent tickling in the throat with scraping and dryness; the tumour is nearly gone.

The throat symptoms are worse night and morning, and when she is tired.

Rx. Tc. Phytolacca decandra 1, 3iv., gtt. v., n.m.

August 6th.-Better in every way: the tumour is barely to be found.

R Rep September 3rd.-Feels practically well. I can find the small remains of the tumour only with great difficulty.

Rx Rep, (at night only).

November 13th.-Still a little uneasiness in the throat.

Rx. Trit. 2x Sul. iod.

28th.-Nearly well.

R Rep December 31st.-The tumour cannot be found, but she still complains of a husky voice.

Rx. Trit 4. brom.

I did not see the patient again for some months, as the tumour had quite disappeared, and she herself quite well, but she came to me again on.

April 10th. 185. complaining of tickling and irritation at the old spot.

Rx. Psorinum C.

May 11th.-She feels easier in the throat, but the tumour is returning.

Rx Trit. 3x Sul. iod.

November 25th.-The lump is still increasing.

Rx. Psor C.

This lady came again on February 15th, 1886, and for the last time on April 30th, 1886, when I discharged her cured. I see her son occasionally on his own account, and thus know that she continues quite well, and has a very healthy general appearance.

*1896.-No return of the tumour, and patient continues quite well of herself.*

I am beginning to breathe more freely now, having only five more Reasons to bring forward. Confess candidly, do you not wish Homoeopath were socially tres comme il faut, and to be had for the asking? A lady of high rank said to me three years ago, “If you were not a homoeopath, Dr. Burnett, I could make your fortune.” Said I, “Well my lady I am very sorry not to enlist you in the laudable undertaking of making my fortune, which would be at least very nice for those dependent upon me, but I am a homoeopath, and fortune or no fortune, I thank God for this much of His truth.”

It is late and I am tired, but I trust you will be able to read my cacography.

*186-No return of the tumour, and patient continues quit well of herself.*

XLVI

I have given you a good many details in my last three or four reasons to let you see the light in which I write so far as that is possible to you in your ignorance of the scientific treatment of disease in the sense in which I understand it. You will pardon the lately given journalistic quotation as bearing on the subject-idea; it is the only one I have inflicted upon you in this lengthy correspondence, and I will not trouble you with another.

Now, I have a partiality for cases with a good sound pathology that can be seen, felt, cut out, put into the scales and weighed! They seem so much more proof-affording than mere symptoms in given parts, as headache or neuralgia, as these often depart of themselves. But, generally speaking, you may bet on the permanency of a good solid tumour. As my forty-sixth reason, therefore, I must give you the notes, as short as may be, of a rather rare affection, viz.:-

TUMOUR OF RIGHT BREAST IN A MAN*

*So rare are such cases that I have never seen but three such.*

Although tumours of the breast are much more common in women than in men, still they do also occur in the breasts of males, more particularly in later life. Such a one is the following:-

On April 23rd, 1881, there came to me a rather tall, spare, cachectic-looking gentleman, a London professional man, of about seventy years of age, telling me that ever since the previous February he had been greatly worried, and this was followed by a sensitiveness in his left nipple, which soon passed off and went to the right nipple, wherein it still was. On examining the part I found it the seat of a hard, tumid mass of the size of a pigeon’s egg. Patient first noticed it was swelled a month previously. It is not actually painful, but there is a sensation of fullness and uneasiness, and he cannot lie on it, hence it arrests his attention.

Rx. Psorinum 30, m.vi.; s.l.q.s., ft. pulv., tales xij., j nocte.

May 7th.-There is still a sensation of fullness in it; patient thinks it is softer, in which opinion I share. It is a little smaller. Since taking the powders he has had some bilious attacks.

Rx. Rep.

May 21st.-It is much smaller; there is much less sensitiveness, and patient can now sleep lying on his right side, which was previously not possible.

Rx. Rep.

May 28th.-The sensitiveness is now confined to the nipple alone, still he can sleep lying on it. He is constipated, and his tongue is thickly furred.

Rx Hydrastis canadensis 3x, 3iv.

S.-Gtt. v., nocte maneque.

June 14th.-The sensitiveness still continues, but it has very much decreased.

Rep.

July 2nd.-Less sensitiveness; tumour still decreasing in size: on the sternum, on a level with the nipple, there is a scabby eruption of the size of a threepenny piece, having a red ground, the rest being yellowish. He is still constipated.

Rx. Tc. Hydrastis canad. 6, 3 iv. v., n.m.

July 23rd.-He has scabs *I often notice scabby eruptions occur under the influence of our remedies given in cases of tumours, when said tumours are diminishing in size.* on the scalp; a yellow scab at the middle of the sternum; also on his hands. The nipple is no longer sensitive at all.

Rx Tc. Thuja occid. 30, in infrequent doses.

August 13th.-The tumour has disappeared, with the exception of one of the size of a hazel nut. There is still some scaly eruption on the sternum.

Psor 30 (two to a month).

September 16th.-No trace of the tumour to be found. There is still a patch of reddish scaly eruption on the skin of the chest.

Rx. Tc. Chelidon, maj. 3x, gtt., iij. nocte.

October 13th.-No trace of tumour; still a circular patch at mid-sternum. Bowels a little relaxed.

Rx. Trit. 6, Nat. sul.

October 27th.-Well; and has a healthy complexion, whereas it was, at the beginning of the treatment, quite earthy.

Six years have elapsed since then, during all which time the patient has remained well of the tumour- i.e., it has never returned. Two or three times or more in every year the gentleman is in the habit of coming to see me, “To be kept in repair” Before I began the treatment I was importuned by his friends as to whether I was quite sure it was safe to for go an operation, “which you know, Sir J.-says is the only chance!”

What did the friends say after the tumour was cured by remedies? Were they grateful? Perhaps; they have so scrupulously avoided the subject ever since that I have no means of knowing.

Nevertheless the tumour remains cured, and that is the main point.

If you care to know my opinion of the pathology of this tumour, I wish to say I think it was scirrhus. That it was a very hard lump is quite sure.

Speaking biopathologically, more meo, the basis of the thing was PSORO VACCINOSIS.

Only four more Reasons are now due to you; are you prepared to “come down the tree yet”?

XLVII

One can hardly have to deal with a more formidable affection than Angina pectoris, and in its treatment Homoeopathy can do great things. It is, however, a mighty mistake to treat the cases all alike, as quite a number of different diseases give rise to the usual anginal symptoms; the cases must be diagnostically and therapeutically differentiated if they are to be really cured.

A short time since it was my duty to see a lady in Belgravia with Angina pectoris; unwonted domestic drudgery, loss of loved ones, fright, loss of fortune; had led up to it.

Apart from the anginal attacks there was a chronic, constant pain across the praecordia, running away under the left breast. For years blisters had been applied at intervals with temporary relief, till they could no longer be borne. Patient was very depressed, sulky, and morose; the menses suppressed. Aurum metallicum, 3d trituration, 6 grains every four hours, cured the constant pain in a week, and the anginal attacks have thus far not recurred, and patient smiles now and is bright. The menses have, however, not appeared, and for this she remains under treatment.

I do not expect you to realize the difference wrought by the Gold, inasmuch as in my allopathic days I should have flatly refused belief in my present statement. hence if you now feel the same, I can sympathize with you, and I therefore will no insist further than to place it one record as my forty-seventh reason for being a homoeopath.

XLVIII

Led by the law of likes, I have been able to do very satisfactory work with Gold as a remedy in disease; if you care to know, I wrote a book on the subject some years since, wherein I say:-

The following is a case of dropsy of the lower extremities, which came under my observation two years ago.

I was fetched, I think it was one Sunday, to see a lady; it was feared she was beyond recovery. I found my patient, a lady of about fifty; in bed; her lower extremities were swollen, painful; they pitted on pressure, and were worse at night, better in the morning. This oedema had been coming on for a week or two, but it had usually quite disappeared by the morning, and thus caused but very little anxiety, but now it had greatly increased even in bed, and very naturally was causing great alarm. Dropsy is almost always a grave symptom, though not always. In this case I think it was. There was a history of many illness, and altogether this drug-picture presented itself:-

1. There was dropsy, and patient had-

2. Great depression of spirits, amounting to-

3. Profound melancholia.

4. Then there was great difficulty of breathing, and

5. Weak pulse and feeble heart.

6. She was psoric, and had a good deal of-

7. Discharge from the nose, that at times contained some blood.

I gave her the Muriate of gold in the third decimal dilution, but I do not remember the exact number of drops or the repetition of the dose, but the dose was not less than one drop (it may have been two or three), and as often as every two or three hours, and given in water.

The case got rapidly well, all the oedema having permanently disappeared in less than a week. Eighteen months after this she informed me she had never since had any return of the dropsy, though her health was anything but good. This was only a recent case, and, though grave, was yet not severe as to the dropsy, but the despondency was almost a substantive malady.

In this case Gold acted as a veritable pick-me-up, and I submit that the remedy was homoeopathically indicated, and the cure a homoeopathic one; about the dose I will not quibble; with me the best dose is the one that cures.

This happened just ten years ago, and the lady is still alive and fairly well-so let it stand as my forty-eighth reason.

XLIX

In human life we have our favourites; we have them in our families, and in therapeutics I have a great fondness for certain remedies, one of which is GOLD.

The allopaths say Gold is no medicine at all, because it is an insoluble metal! That’s what the best Professors of Materia Medica taught me; it is fundamentally false all the same!.

Oh, the silly, silly things they teach one at the schools! What a frightful heap of old fossil beliefs!

For Gold is no mere function disturber, but a producer of organic change, and hence its brilliant effects in organic mischief. The vascular turgescence of Belladonna and that of Aurum are very different affairs.

The following interesting and instructive case once occurred in my practice, viz.

RHEUMATIC ENDOCARDITIS IN THE COURSE OF RHEUMATIC FEVER.

I was fetched one day in February by a gentleman in the city to see his wife, a lady of about fifty-five or sixty, who was lying very dangerously ill at the end of the third week of rheumatic fever, this gentleman, who is an old homoeopath of thirty years standing, and whose knowledge of drugs and disease is really remarkable for a layman, had treated patient himself, and with no inconsiderable success considering the severity of the case, but suddenly patient’s condition became very alarming on account of the rheumatism having apparently seized upon the heart. I found this condition: patient was propped up in bed and breathing very hurriedly; the lips bluish; tongue dry and coated; anxious expression of face; puffy under eyes; moist bubbling small rales all over chest, with cough; pulse rapid, compressible, and intermittent; action of heart floundering; loud endocardial bruits; slight dropsy of feet; no appetite at all, could just such a grape or sip tea; profuse perspirations; limbs swelled and painful, the joints almost as firmly locked as if anchylosed; cannot move hand or foot for pain and from this swelled, inflamed state of the joints; flesh of hands puffy; bones of hand swelled, almost immovable, and tender.

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.