“August 5.-Slept better; not so restless, but troubled dreams about diphtheria, and yet there is none in the town. (My son, the clergyman, took it from a malignant case. While leading her to rest upon the Saviour for salvation, he did not know at the time that he spent an hour in close conversation, taking her breath all the time. This filled me with concern for him. I gave him Apis to counteract. In eight days he had a slight soreness and an enlarged tonsil; right side, and on inspection I found some gray patches, but Cy.m. 3d soon took them away.) But this was more than a week ago. My own throat very dry, but not so sore, and not so much inclination to cough; very weak yet and sweaty; head not yet clear of pain. Bowels regular; I am passing more urine, very pale with strong odor. A good bit of backache across my kidneys.

“August 6.-No change in my feelings; very weak and nervous; full of anxiety as of impending trouble.

“August 7.-Head clear of pain; no dreams; very cross and full of fault-finding; everything is going wrong.

“August 8, 9, 10.-Feeling similar, but not quite so continuous; feeling some improved.

“I have learned from this partial proving that this is a very powerful drug. That it made me very ill for the first two days I am very sure, and filled me with some concern as to whether I should not do something to counteract its effects, but I finally concluded not to do so, but watch and wait.

“I found that it had power to set up a severe headache. At the time I was suffering from one, but so differing that the new one from the Bacillinum could be easily felt in the parts occipital and frontal.

“The throat was inflamed; tickling, phlegmy, cough from tickling that could not be relieved in any other way.

“Left lung was irritated and made sore, a creeping, stitch- like feeling passing through from below upwards. A weak feeling in the right lung.

“Bowels inflated with gas, and soft, mushy stool of dark greenish color, passing easily.

“The pain or stitch through my old pile I could not account for, but having felt it as something new I make record of it.

“Some eczema of anus that had given me trouble for some time previous has since been very much better.

“I have had three patients under this, Dr. Burnett’s Bacillinum, one dose of 30th in eight days.

“The cases are too new to report as yet, but all are improving.

“This will cure some cases of laryngeal phthisis, diphtheria and phthisis pul., and be a great aid to us in curing what this learned physician calls consumptiveness. I for one have adopted this name and this remedy.

“It seems as if I were learning to be a Homoeopathic physician, never having had much, if any, faith in the high dilution.


“Flatbush, L. I.”

In the Homoeopathic Recorder (pp. 263, et seq.) the following very interesting paper on Bacillin is found:


“Through the Homoeopathic Recorder (March number, 1891) I became aware of Dr. Burnett’s little book, `New Cure of Consumption.’ Being myself interested in the treatment of consumption, I bought the book at a store of Boericke & Tafel, as also the medicine Bacillinum. Having carefully perused the contents of the little book, I determined, as I was about to sail for Europe, to try its effects on my arrival in Switzerland. During my short stay in Basel I had occasion to administer Bacillinum to about six persons. From Basel I went to Herisau, Canton d’ Appenzell. There I had occasion enough to distribute amongst my friends the wonderful effect of Bacillinum, amidst the great opposition of the doctors, who laugh and snarl at the idea of such a treatment as something completely new in practice. Since sixteen months many very remarkable cures have been performed, even several known as incurable, so that from east to west, all through Switzerland, Bacillinum has found an entrance. In a journal treating on `General Conductiveness,’ I asserted that the principal cause of idiotism and cretinism are tubercles in and around the brain, and the only remedy to reach these tubercles, and to re- establish a harmony between moral and physic, is the Bacillinum in its different strengths. This affirmation brought the strong phalanx of Allopaths against me in controversy openly in the same journal. They could not deny the cures, but ridiculed the idea of using such means to cure diseases. My last words of defence were those which Dr. Burnett used : `Machs nach! Aber machs besser!” This ended for the present our controversy.

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.