“Case 2.-A consumptive case. On June 20, 1891, a gentleman brought his 13-year-old daughter for treatment. Examination revealed: Very weak lungs; isolated tubercles on both upper lobes of the lungs; pulse variable, from 95 to 100; strawberry tongue; brownish spots or blotches on the face; short breath; all appearance of quick decline, running into galloping consumption. Her parents were both of a scrofulous diathesis; I had attended her father for ophthalmia scrofulosa, and her mother for general weakness. Prescribed Bacillinum 200, one dose every eight days; also gave orders to feed the girl well, and for her to exercise in the open air; especially to be much in the sun, keeping her head well covered. From week to week the change became visible; her thin limbs rounded out, her face became fuller, and had a healthy color. In six months all the alarming symptoms had disappeared, and the child was healed.

“Case 3.-Another case of consumption. Was called on June 9th, 1892, to a village four miles from here, to see a girl of 20, low for several months with consumption. Found her very feeble; pulse hardly perceptible; visible vibration on both lungs; constant short, dry cough; face bloated; as also the rest of the body. The skin resembled parchment, but was moist and deadly-smelling; eyes haggard. The whole expression as one doomed to die!–indeed, a hopeless case! Left Bacillinum, one dose of 25 pellets every eighth day. Three weeks later her mother called at my house, telling me of a change for the better; the patient’s appetite had improved, and she rested better at night; was able to sit up and had become more cheerful. Continued Bacillinum. End of July, she was so much better, able to walk a little in the sun, to get warmed by its heat. The improvement would have gone on more rapidly, but her parents were very poor, and were unable to feed her properly. This case speaks loud enough of what Bacillinum is able to do, even in advanced cases of consumption.

“Case 4.-Another case of consumption from the same village. On July 1, 1892, a mother brought her 16-year-old daughter to my office. The girl was a true type of the consumptive. Pulse 105; face brownish; strawberry tongue; eyes without any expression; cough more or less constant; very tall for her age, but very slim, weak, unable to walk, even to stand on her feet. Prescribed Bacillinum 200, 20 pellets every eighth day. September 8th, she came alone along way on foot. What a change after eight weeks of taking Bacillinum! My astonishment was great. Fleshy and stouter; rosy cheeks; cough completely gone. In this case the conditions were different from the case last related. Her parents fed her with nutritious food, so that in weight she gained several pounds; this wonderful and quick cure of that girl made quite a stir up in her village.

“Case 5.-Again another consumptive case. On July 30th, 1892, a farmer’s wife of the same village, aet. 42, made her appearance at my office, wishing to be cured of what she complained, having consumption, or what people and her husband called decline. Her skin was of a grayish-brown color; thin, emaciated, and very weak; completely exhausted by constant dry, hacking cough, often with purulent expectoration. She attributed her ill feelings to over-work in the fields and not sufficient suitable nourishment. Prescribed Bacillinum 200, every eighth day 25 pellets. On September 10th she came again and asked for more, as she said, of the same little pellets. Indeed, there was a great change. Her whole countenance had changed. She had gained flesh, looked better, and a real brightness shone in her face. Towards the end of October her husband came for medicine for himself, telling me of his wife’s perfect cure, and by her cure he had become converted to Homoeopathy.

“Case 6.-Bacillinum triumphant in rachitis. Early in June, 1892, a lady brought her little five-year-old girl to be examined and attended, as the girl was very sick. Questioning the lady concerning how long the disease had troubled the child, she answered, “since childhood!” Examination revealed a quite advanced state of rachitis; spine curved inwards (lordosis); the belly and stomach pressed out, very large and hard, especially the lower part; skin of the face deep yellowish, and of the body brownish color; the front part of the head narrow, pointed out, while the back part was very large and rather square. No appetite; no sleep; and more or less diarrhoea of putrid, strong-smelling excrement. As several quite eminent physicians (Allopaths) from different places had attended her, but without avail, the child getting from time to time weaker, unable to stand on her thin legs, I hesitated at undertaking the treatment of such a forlorn and apparently hopeless case. But the clamor of the distressed mother decided me to try Bacillinum 200, 20 pellets every eight days. End of July the mother wrote me of the effect of the pellets in the following terms: `My child begins to walk, belly and stomach smaller and less hard; diarrhoea subsiding; appetite and sleep good. Send more medicine!’ Continue in the same manner. September 25, child improving, runs and jumps around the rooms. Keep on the same dose of 25 pellets of Bacillinum 200. October 29, child all right; she has grown taller, gained flesh on chest, arms and legs; and to the astonishment of all, her head has become its natural shape, as also the stomach and belly. This peculiar case greatly occupies my mind concerning the possibility of the curative power of Bacillinum on rachitis, and strengthens my assertion that in many so-called incurable diseases the main causes are parasites of a peculiar nature.

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.