If this patient had gone away as he was ordered, I am of opinion that he would have succumbed to his malady. “Going away” is by no means synonymous with “being cured.” Not a few go away dutifully enough, but the return? Ah! they commonly enter upon a long journey whence no man returneth.

October 16, 1893–I heard today from the said merchant that this gentleman continues quite well.

The rapid cure of this case was clearly due to the fact that the case was quite recent, uncomplicated, and had not yet reached far down the lungs; the larynx was also not affected. I cannot exemplify the action of the remedy better than has here been done, and so I will conclude for the present by sending this third edition to the press for the benefit of those whom it may concern.

The subject of advanced and complicated cases of consumption I hope to treat of in a subsequent and separate publication. To my brother practitioners I would say, Shake off the shackles of prejudice and try for yourselves whether, and how far, I may be personally carried away on the wings of enthusiasm for my subject. But mind, only high dilutions and no Kochian injection,- -and, moreover, if you give the doses too often you will fail, as I formerly did before I learned the lesson that the pathologic similimum of a disease must be administered in high potency and infrequently. Moreover, the worse the case the higher must be the potency as a rule. Before laying aside my quill, I will give the experiences of some other practitioners with the remedy in question.

Passing through London, on his way to the World’s Fair at Chicago, Dr. P.C. Majumdar, of Calcutta, dropped in to see me, and in the course of a long talk on medical subjects he mentioned to me that just before starting from Calcutta he had cured a bad case of phthisis with Bacillinum. Dr. Majumdar also mentioned to me that he had used Pyrogenium in many cases of the low intermittent fever of Calcutta (their typho-malaria), and had almost invariably jugulated the fever thereby.

“How many cases of this typho-malarial fever have you cured with Pyrogenium?” said I.

“On, I could not tell you, very many.”

Dr. Majumdar used the Pyrogenium in one-drop doses of the sixth decimal dilution given every three or four hours.

From the Homoeopathic Recorder (p. 311) I take the following:


“Oh April the 17th I was called to see Adele L., aged about two years; found her in a convulsive condition with twitching and spasmodic contraction of the muscles, great hyperaesthesia of the skin, photophobia, nausea and vomiting; temperature 103 degree; great cerebral excitation; nervous temperament; prominent roundish forehead, small face and slightly downward look of the eyes. Bowels constipated, attacks of colic, grinding of the teeth, terrible thirst for water; very slightly open fontanelles and sutures. With these symptoms and many others less prominent my prognosis was, of course, very guarded, the chance of recovery being extremely slight; but with the powerful guns that homoeopathic remedies furnish, I was not willing to announce to her loving parents that their only little one could not live, and I therefore mustered all the courage I possessed, and said that, while I considered their little one very dangerously ill, still I had hopes that she might pull through, and went into the fight with a determination to win if possible. To make a long story short, my first prescription, on account of the intense thirst and small, rapid, tremulous and intermittent pulse, sensitiveness to touch about the head, was Helleborus nig. 30; this remedy seemed to control the eagerness for water, and the pulse, but stopped there.

“My next prescription was Apis mel. 30, dil. Continued this remedy forty-eight hours with improvement. I was then taken sick myself, and did not see the patient for four days, but recommended a physician who carried out my line of treatment, and when I again saw my little patient she had lost flesh so rapidly that it sent a shudder over me as I viewed her tiny limbs and body. I prescribed at once Calcarea carb. 30, dil., and asked for a sample of urine, which I received in twenty-four hours, and to my horror it seemed to me almost solid albumen. I thought then my little patient was doomed. After thinking over the history of the case, and from what I knew of the family history, and the prodromal symptoms, the irritableness, swollen abdomen and constipation, great and rapid loss of flesh, etc., I concluded to prescribe Boericke & Tafel’s 200 dilution of Tuberculinum, one dose every three days, with placebo every hour.

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.