“In the `Homoeopathic World’ of January there is an article by Dr. Young on `Bacillinum,’ which interested me much, owing to the successful use of the two-hundredth potency. After reading Dr. J.C. Burnett’s `New Cure of Consumption,’ I employed Bacillinum 30 in several cases, but with very indifferent results. In a woman suffering from tubercular phthisis it had a beneficial effect on the pleurodynia, but had no really controlling influence over the disease itself, which marched steadily on to a fatal issue. Another little patient with tubercular meningitis it made no impression whatever upon, death taking place in about a week. Altogether I was disappointed. But the above-mentioned article with the higher potency with such magnificent results caused me to try Bacillinum again, but now in the two-hundredth.

“Case 1.-I had prescribed for some time for an elderly lady suffering from Lupus exedens over the left superior maxilla, with very unsatisfactory progress. I then advised Bacillinum, which she had in the two hundred and first potency. One drop of this caused such medicinal aggravation, that she first thought of taking no more; but after a few days (I think five) she ventured upon half a drop, which agreed, and two more doses healed the part up completely. Her general health has improved wonderfully.

“Case 2.-Another instance is that of a boy about 11 years old, who was reduced to the last extremity by tubercular ulceration of intestines. His disease had resisted three allopathic doctors before I saw him, and he was so very far through that the parents asked for a consultation with another doctor (allopathic), which I assented to. His verdict was to give the boy all the nourishment he could get, but that there was no hope for him. Just then Dr. Young’s article came before me, and I decided to give Bacillinum 200 mj. every eighth day. His recovery took place steadily; and from being skin and bone, with constant abdominal pain and vexatious alvine discharges of blood, faeces and pus, he has become well- nourished, and has lost his pains, etc., entirely.

“Case 3.-A third case was that of a baby 14 months old, who had been unsuccessfully treated at the Dunedin Hospital. It was emaciated to a degree, and was evidently not long for this world, and was another example of consumption of the bowels. I gave Bacillinum 200 mj. every eighth day, with such perfect success that the father told me afterwards that the child had never been so well since its birth.

“In the first case no other medicine was used. But it is only right to add, that in both of the bowel cases I gave in addition Calcarea carb. 30 mj. t.d.s.

“But now, in conclusion, I want to make another statement of an opposite kind, and that is, I have given Bacillinum, both in the thirtieth and two-hundredth, in that fell disease of infancy and childhood–I refer to acute tubercular meningitis–but with one result, viz., death. Of course, my cases were indubitable specimens of the disease; there could be no manner of doubt about the diagnosis.

“WILLIAM LAMB, M.B., C.M., “40 High Street, Dunedin,

“August 12, 1893.”

As this little treatise was going to press, I wrote to my friend, Dr. John H. Clarke, the able Editor of the Homoeopathic World, to ask him to give my readers the benefit of his experience with the remedy herein recommended, and he replies as follows:

“30 Clarges Street, “London, W.

“I began to use Bacillin, and at the same time I proved it on myself, taking (on December 20, 1890) just the thirtieth, and afterwards the one-hundredth potency. The chief symptoms I experienced were the following:

” 1. Pain in glands of neck, worse on turning the head or stretching the neck. Right side more affected.

“2. Pain deep in head, worse on shaking the head.

“3. Aching in teeth, especially lower incisors (all sound). This was felt at the roots, especially on raising the lower lip; the symptoms persisted many months, and I occasionally feel it now. Teeth very sensitive to cold air.

“4. Sharp pains of short duration in chest and various parts of body.

“5. Pain in left knee whilst walking one evening; passed off after persevering in walking for a short distance.

“6. Nasal Catarrh. Pricking in throat (larynx), with sudden cough. Single cough on rising from bed in the morning. Cough waking me in the night. Easy expectoration. Sharp pain in precordial region, arresting breathing. Very sharp pain in left scapula, worse lying down in bed at night, relieved by warmth.

“7. An indolent angry pimple on left cheek. This persisted many weeks, and I began to fear it was something worse. After it had once healed it broke out several times at long intervals, and even still a slight indention can be felt at the spot.

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.