A gentleman, well over fifty years of age, whose only brother had died of phthisis pulmonalis, and whose father’s three sisters had also succumbed to the same malady, came to me early in the year for severe haemorrhage from the bowels, cough and emaciation. It was the great loss of flesh that alarmed him. Under the virus he put on flesh, the cough and haemorrhage ceased; he looks years younger, and is now well up to work and actively engaged in his profession. He ceased to lose flesh after the second dose of the virus. He continues under my care for a skin affection, and for prolapsus recti.


A city gentleman, married, 30 years of age, came to me at the beginning of April, 1890, for an affection of his right knee. In 1877, he was kicked on the knee by a horse, which knocked him over. The knee remained swelled, and ever since he has had intermittent attacks of pain in it. He had been to a London hospital, and preparations were being made for an operation. A friend persuaded him to come to me as one known to be averse to operations. The operation was considered to be imperative, because of the supposed tuberculous nature of the knee swelling. This was pretty certain as most of his brothers and sisters had died of tuberculosis-in fact, of fifteen, ten had thus died; and he himself has expectorated clots of blood, and suffered from exhausting sweats.

Two months of the bacillic virus cured him completely, the last vestige of tenderness and swelling, however, disappearing under Bellis Perennis 0, six drops in a tablespoonful of water continued for a month.


A married lady, about 30 years of age, came under my care some six years ago, sent to me by a colleague in the north. She had long been in consumption, and her husband had taken her to almost all the renowned health resorts in Europe, but the disease progressed. Finally a warm house was built for her on the Surrey Hills, and I paid visits to her at short intervals for some four years, With the aid of the bacillic virus, and Phosphorus, Bryonia, Scilla, Ceanothus, Iodium, Calcarea phos., Calcarea Sul., the Hypo- phosphites, Ant. tart., and some others, including Churchill’s inhalations, Terebinth, etc., I several times thought to win. I got two successive cavities to heal up, but the third, deep in the base of the left lung, refused to heal, and the poor lady, weary and worn, died of exhaustion.


An unmarried lady, 29 years of age, whose sister had just died at the age of 30 of consumption, and whose mother had also died of the same malady at the age of 39, was brought to me by her father early in April 1889. She was considered a hopeless case, and my hopeful prognosis was not credited. The disease was principally confined to the right lung, and the cervical glands on this side could be felt like marbles. She is thin, skin dingy and dirty looking, ill smelling and greasy, and there was a good deal of acne of the chest. The bacillic virus, with Thuja and Hydrastis, enabled me to discharge her cured in four months.


The little son of a distinguished clergyman, 2 1/2 years old, was brought to me on May 9th, 1889, for feverish attacks that were clearly pointing to tuberculosis, evidenced by the strawberry tongue, the indurated glands, and pining state generally. The bacillic virus, followed by Thuja and Baptisia, was followed by perfect recovery and in three months he was discharged in rude health.


A babe of 18 months, whose sister I had formerly cured with the bacillic virus of a tuberculous affection of the eye, was, in consequence thereof, brought to me in May, 1889, for soft bones and nocturnal restlessness, with pallor and thinness. I knew the family well for years, and thus was quite sure that the child was necessarily born with a tuberculous tendency. And the virus cured her right off in six weeks, and her poor digestion was then righted by Pulsatilla, and she continues ever since to thrive, and her bent bones have hardened and become straight.

A first cousin was formerly under me with tuberculosis of the meninges, but as I then knew nothing of the virtues of the bacillic virus, she was cured by me of her symptoms, and then died of the disease, viz., tuberculosis.


A lady brought her baby boy to me at the beginning of May, 1885, She had four children. One died at birth, and the other two died of tubercles of the brain. Patient’s scalp was the seat of a good many scabs; his forehead bulged; very bad nights all his life, and he is peculiarly fond of salt. I had him rubbed with oil, after the manner of the old practitioners of renown; Psorinum 30 did him much good, and rather ameliorated the nocturnal diarrhoea, and his head seemed to bulge rather less.

And after he had also been under Calcarea Carb. 30 a very severe pustular eruption came out on his scalp, with much relief to his general condition. But very suspicious pyrexia occurred at frequent intervals. Here followed Thuja 30, but nothing was really adequate till I gave the virus 30 in infrequent doses, by which he was metamorphosed into a healthy boy; fever, feverishness, calling out in his sleep, and grinding his teeth, all disappeared. He pined a little in 1888 in the spring; a fortnight of the virus quickly righted that, and beyond Calcarea phos. he has needed nothing else.

Thus we have in this case five years of good health to prove the genuineness of the cure.


In the year 1885 a young lady of 20 was brought to me to be treated for the form of consumption commonly known as decline. She had a strumous scar in the neck, and her sister had just died of decline.

Patient’s weight was, in June, 1885, 7 st. 8 lbs. Had diarrhoea for nearly three years, and her tongue was raw-red. The full record of the case would occupy more space than I can here afford; suffice it to say that I gave her many remedies with very slow and varying success, but she took a distinct turn after a course of the virus, and I finally got her up to 8 st. 9 1/2 lbs. in weight.

She continues well now, but her digestion is easily upset. It will be noted that the aggregate increase in weight was 15 1/2 lbs.


A married lady, 29 years of age, came to me just four years ago for consumption of the left lung. She was very pale and neuralgic, and was greatly distressed by her cough. All her friends knew her to be in consumption, and she had of late years spent the winters abroad and by preference in Malta. I treated her with slow, bit-by-bit ameliorations with the remedies symptomatically homoeopathic, and thus passed just two years, when it was very clear that we had not got to the root of the matter. After a couple of months of the virus she got rapidly quite well, and, so far as I can tell, entirely free from any sign of consumption.


An overgrown girl of 13, of phthisical habit and parentage, and then lately under Sir—for her lungs, was brought to me for treatment in the month of August, 1886.

The top of the right lung gave no respiratory sounds at all, and the vocal resonance was slightly increased. Her constitution was said to have been broken by one of the infectious diseases of childhood. Pain in the left side and profuse perspirations. After a month of the virus 30 : “Has done her a great deal of good, the perspirations were chiefly on the hands, feet and armpits, but these have nearly ceased.” After a pause of a month or two it was again given, and patient was discharged cured nearly three years ago. She continues well.


A girl of 10, daughter of a country squire, was brought to me in March, 1887, to be treated for decline. There was great emaciation, but not of the feverish consumptive kind. She had a number of remedies from me. Thuja, Ceanothus, Quercus, Chelidonium, Ferrum, and Carduus, and, on the whole, every one was more than satisfied with the general progress and increase in weight and intelligence. But not one of the remedies had influenced the indurated glands in the slightest degree, and hence I put her on the virus 30. This was in February, 1888, and the same remedy had to be repeated once subsequently.

She is now a thriving person.


An unmarried lady, about 30 years of age, was accompanied to me by her mother, in the month of August, 1887, so that I might treat her for decline. Her father had died of consumption at about the same age, and her steady and ever-increasing emaciation had resulted in a fixed belief that she was just doomed to follow her father. She had a huge liver, and severe and long-continuing dyspepsia. Her father’s was also the wasting form of consumption. She had some fever at times, with a hard, dry, deep cough.

On account of the liver I began the treatment with Chelidonium 0 following it up with Carduus Mariae, mother tincture and this again with Argentum nit. 1. These remedies did decided good, and were followed by Cimicifuga, Coccus cacti, Thuja, and Iodine, but notwithstanding bit-by-bit ameliorations, relief of the symptoms, and all that, the “consumption” was not gripped, as the evening fever clearly proved. Three months of the virus wiped out the whole thing, if I may be allowed to use such as expression.

A year has elapsed, and the cure holds good, notwithstanding the wearing, burdensome life she is obliged to lead, and still, this notwithstanding, she has gained a good deal in flesh and healthful appearance.

I believe the virus saved this life.


A young lady of 14, daughter of a staff officer, was brought to me at the end of the year 1887, in the month of November. She was distinctly in consumption, and very tall for her age, and very thin. Twice, lately, there had been a good deal of bleeding from the lungs. The outer portion of the apex of the right lung was dull on percussion, indeed, it had barely any respiratory sound of any kind; scaly eyelids; very large tonsils; emansion of the menses. I at first treated her with Phosphorus and other pulmonary remedies, but I needed the virus to extinguish the fever. She had inter-current pleurisy once, and a good deal of bleeding, but has made a complete recovery, and is now thriving. I quite lately very carefully examined her chest, both the old seat of the mischief at the apex of the right lung, and also the seat of the inter-current pleurisy at the left side, near the top, but failed to find any evidence of disease whatever.


A lad of 10 was brought to me by his mother in the early summer of 1888, with mesenteric disease, commonly called consumption of the bowels. “My little boy has a swelling on his left side, I think there was a swelling also of his right side, and he complains of a stitch in his side after running, but he seldom runs much. He is often languid and indisposed to talk; sometimes he is very nervous and irritable; he talks in his sleep and grinds his teeth; his appetite is small; his hands blue.” I found indurated palpable glands everywhere; a drum belly, the spleen region bulging out.

What rendered the case of importance, was the fact that a sister of his a year or two older had just died of tuberculosis of the brain, and many of the family had died of consumption. I treated him for a year, three separate months of which he was under the virus, and in June, 1889, or just a year from the beginning of the treatment, the note in my record is……… “Well and fat,” and that he is now, I believe.


A little girl of 6 was brought by her mother, Lady X., in the month of August, 1888, for evident symptoms of incipient tubercular disease: restless nights; sleeplessness; grinds her teeth; tendency to diarrhoea; want of appetite; foul breath; notched teeth; pain after food; vomiting of food; indurated glands; strawberry tongue; naughty; very irritable temper; puny growth; very thin.

After being four months under the virus, and having one or two tissue remedies, she was discharged in nine months in capital health, and without any morbid symptoms of any sort or kind. And the cure holds good to date.


A young unmarried lady, 22 years of age, of delicate habit of body, was brought by her mother to me in October 2, 1888, for the following symptoms:-A nasty little cough these seven weeks; a good deal of expectoration; pains in the right lung; evening fever; liver and spleen both enlarged; cough worse in the morning after breakfast; her neck is slightly goitrous. Her brother has consumption of the bowels. She had first Chelidonium majus 0, and Scilla maritima 0, as spleen and liver remedies respectively, but there was but very slight amelioration, the cough being very bad after her breakfast, or, perhaps, I should say breakfast time, as she eats hardly any breakfast. So I went to the root of the matter, gave the virus (C.) for six weeks, and then discharged her cured, now ten months since, and I learn from her mother that she continues quite well.


A married lady of 40 came to me in November, 1888, for grave consumptiveness, not to say actual consumption; almost all her people have died of consumption, indeed, I believe she is the only survivor of her own generation, and now she is clearly going the way of the rest. She has a good deal of fever, worse in the evenings; she is restless and terribly irritable; she is much depressed, and in almost constant agitation; her tongue is very red; she has chronic diarrhoea. She has lost 14 lbs. during the past six weeks, and she has no appetite.

Six weeks of the virus 30 quite cured her, the fever went after the second dose, the diarrhoea quickly followed, and she soon became quite plump. The mode of exit of the motion from the bowels in this case was, “pop,” as it were out of a popgun; this I have several times noticed. It has often been noted that the phthisical are wonderfully hopeful, but this does not hold good when there is tuberculosis of the brain, but, on the contrary, they are mum, taciturn, sulky, snappish, fretty, irritable, morose, depressed and melancholic, even to insanity. When, however, they are cured, they become sweet and charming. So it was in this case, and still more so in the one I am about to narrate.


A young lady, 18 years of age, was brought by her mother to me in the fall of 1888 for an old effusion into the left pleura remaining after severe pleuro-pneumonia; the ribs of that side bulged a good deal; respiration accelerated, and also the pulse; her teeth are foul and discoloured (not from want of the most scrupulous care); the heart is a good deal disturbed, probably mechanically; patient sleeps but very little, and that little is very distressful; she is painfully conscientious, depressed, and suffers greatly from spiritual melancholy. Her period comes very seldom. She is subject to lichen ruber, and get feverish.

She was two months under the virus C., and this effected an essential cure, but other remedies were needed for the non-consumptive part of the case, for, as I have before stated, and here again expressly point out, the tubercular virus acts within its own sphere only. Thus, in this case patient had been twice vaccinated, she had Thuja occidentalis 30 for a month; Bryonia 1x was used for getting the pleura better; Pulsatilla 1x brought a good deal of comfort to the ovarian region, as did also Cimicifuga 1, Bellis perennis 0, Rubia tinct. 0, and Ceanothus 1, did much to restore the sympathy of the left costal region, and Ignatia amara 1 was of real service in the emotional sphere-and yet, for all that, the actual consumptiveness was wiped out pleasantly and promptly by the virus.

She is now quite well these seventeen months.


A little girl of 7 was brought to me in the month of December, 1888, with tuberculosis disease of the left knee. For eleven months she had been limping; the knee is much enlarged and very tender; her teeth are tuberculous; there are numerous cases of consumption in the family, and her father had spine disease. After one month of the virus 30 the swelling of the knee had gone down one-third, the joint had become more movable; the strawberry condition of her tongue had gone, and her teeth had cleaned. She had thereafter two months more of the virus C., and got quite well; the remaining enlargement of the knee yielding to a course of the third decimal trituration of the Perlarum mater.


This is one of severe hip-joint disease of a severe type and of long-standing, who was long under Dr. Drysdale, and who handed the case on to me when the family removed to London. The child eventually quite recovered, and is now a fine girl of 16, but of course the leg of the diseased side is shortened. Dr. Drysdale, and the orthopaedic surgeon who kept patient in his very excellent apparatus for several years, will be both in the case was the virus of which we are here treating.


A young gentleman of 20 was accompanied to me in February 1889 in fully developed consumption. There were all the usual symptoms, and haemorrhage from the lungs for many months. He was tall, good-looking, and weighed 9 st. 1 lb. I treated him with the virus, and in a few months got his weight up to 10 st. 5 lb., when he, in August 1889, went to the seaside as I thought safe and nearly well. He returned, however, in October voiceless, phthisis of the larynx set in, and he eventually died. Over the acute laryngeal process the virus had no power whatever.


A lady of 40, unmarried, came under my care on Oct. 26, 1885. “I am almost in a consumption, and have been so far many years.” She was very thin and “consumed with fever.” All that one could say of the lungs was that they were very flat, and the respiration almost imperceptible. It is not easy to understand such cases, they are evidently in a chronic state of feverishness, they cough, they are thin, they eat very little, they suffer much, and vegetate forth and on languidly. The virus cured this lady; all the fever left her- she had it “very constantly for years.” She no longer takes cold as formerly, and has become plump and thriving. Now amongst her friends and relatives she is generally supposed to have at last “grown out” of her constitutional delicacy.


The influence of the virus upon the teeth and their growth and appearance is very striking. What I regard as tubercular teeth are those–often more or less rudimentary–with holes in their external surface. Whether this is a recognised pathological fact I do not happen to know, perhaps it is not. But it is an important clinical observation. I recognised it clinically some three years since, while treating a highly strumous lady with many scars and glands in her neck. While under the virus I noticed an extraordinary improvement in her teeth, they became a nice colour, and the numerous superficial holes cleaned and partially disappeared.

It was even more apparent and striking in the following case :-A girl of 11, with ringworm on the scalp; the lymphatic glands everywhere palpable, and her ribs very flat; strawberry tongue; a bad cough, worse at night; although 11 years old she had practically no teeth, that is to say, they were rudimentary and not above the level of her gums. All her mother’s brothers and sisters had died of consumption; after three months’ treatment with our ordinary remedies we had made but small progress, and then I kept patient altogether five months under the bacillic virus, with the result that her palpable glands ceased to be palpable; her ringworm disappeared; her ribs took on a better form; her breathing was notably better; and, mirabile dictum, her teeth had grown. She is now well, and has a mouthful of teeth which are quite passable.

It may be noted that the ringworm has disappeared, and in respect to this nasty thing I find it generally disappears under the influence of the virus. I learned this very important fact also purely clinically in the following manner:- A whole family of children of different ages had ringworm for a full year, and the mother told me on bringing them that she had already spent over pound 60 on medical fees for its cure, but in vain. All known remedies had been applied by the local doctors in two neighbourhoods, and several skin specialists had worked hard at their poor heads, but to no avail. Their heads were shaved and their scalps were well scoured night and morning, but still the ringworm persisted. Finally, a distant cottage had been hired, and the afflicted ones were there isolated, and the services of a noted ringworm curer of the non- qualified variety had been secured; but these also failing, they were put under my care.

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.