In this case the medicine was evidently quite homeopathic to the condition of the patient, and it is manifest that the Nat. mur. 6 profoundly affected his organism, as the chilliness of more than two years duration quite disappeared, as also the after-dinner drowsiness.


Gentleman, aet. 34 or thereabouts, has suffered form a general feeling of chilliness (attributed by himself to a poor circulation), for more than two years, sleepiness and drowsiness after dinner for two months, compelling him to go and lie down; black spots before the eyes; disagreeable taste in the mouth, sour; watery eyes; urine clear; bowels moved twice a day; looks very pale.

Ordered him Nat. mur 6 trit. six grains in water twice a day.

Having taken twenty-four of such powders he paused a few days and returned stating that the chilliness had quite disappeared and also the postprandial drowsiness, the black spots had quite disappeared but were returning again a little, the sour taste was gone, the watery state of the eyes as bad as ever, the urine had become cloudy.

In this case the medicine was evidently quite homoeopathic to the condition of the patient, and it is manifest that the Nat. mur. 6 profoundly affected his organism, as the chilliness of more than two years duration quite disappeared, as also the after-dinner drowsiness.

Of course these sensations may not be indicative of profound organic lesions, but they are not indicative of a normal condition either, but the evidence of drug action does not hang on this. They symptom that brought him to me was the postprandial drowsiness, as it materially interfered with his business in the afternoon (he dines early).

He formerly lived in Tranmere and then always felt this drowsiness; he afterwards came to live in Birken-head itself and during his residence here did not feel it, but on removing again to Tranmere the old drowsiness re-appeared and he thought he would have to leave the neighbourhood to get rid of the troublesome symptom. The billionth dilution of Sodium chloride has saved him.

Was it faith that cured him of his drowsiness and chilliness? If so, what rendered his water cloudy? Besides, this was our conversation.

“Was that a kind of salt you gave me, doctor?”.


“Because I showed the prescription to my old school-master and he said you were giving me salt”.

Yes. It was salt in what we homoeopaths call the 6 th centesimal trituration, i.e. the billionth dilution.

“Do you think it can have had anything to do with my chilliness and drowsiness going away: could it have affected the circulation and liver (his theories) like that?”.

A broad grin was on his face when he put the last question; then he checked himself and apologized for it. No one will, I opine, maintain that an open mouth with a broad grin are specially expressive of faith that worketh a cure of chilliness of two years duration.

When formerly living in Tranmere and suffering from this postprandial lethargy he was treated allopathically and homoeopathically for it without avail, the latter treatment included that wonderful vegetable mercury, Podophyllum peltatum given because “it was liver.” Do we not all know that Podo. is good for the liver? That being so the livers of very many people must be preternaturally good, for a veritable podophyllomania has been raging for years under the commercial ticket of “homoeopathic”.

Microscopical sections of the livers of some of these Podophyllum – eaters might be instructive as showing the pathological outcome of direct liver irritation; the gin- drinkers liver we know, the Podophyllum-eaters liver awaits an histographer.

There is one thing to be said in favour of the Podophyllum- givers: they are impartial and give it to all alike.

But this is digressive.

Here let me note that I have noticed that some of the Natrum muriaticum affections are worse in cold, and better in warm weather.

OBS. XV. –

Lad of 12 came under observation on March 30th, 1878, suffering from a group of symptoms that collectively are conveniently called Phlyctenular Ophthalmia. The left eye was spasmodically closed from the photophobia. A month before he had caught a cold in this eye, and it had remained closed, inflamed and painful ever since, and was not getting any better.

On everting the lids an ulcer in the cornea is observed, resulting evidently from a burst phlyctenula of about the size of a split pea. The dimness of vision from this ulcer determined the parents to seek advice, they fearing the “eye” was being affected. To leave an ophthalmia for a month without seeking advice is a phenomenon that will greatly surprise many, but not medical men.

The prominent symptom in the case was the great lachrymation, and this is very characteristic of Natrum muriaticum. So six grains of Nat. mur. 6 trituration was given in water three times a day.

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.