2. BACILLINUM TUBERCULINUM CASES



“Case 1.-One of the first cases in which I proved its curative power was that of a little girl, R. W., whom I had practically `cured’ of consumption with ordinary homoeopathic remedies nearly three years before. At the first time I saw her she was 7 years old, and was reduced almost to a skeleton.

Right lung dull all over. Rattling sounds over both lungs. Breath short and noisy–audible almost all over the house. Cough distressing and breath most fetid.

“After a severe attack of scarlatina six months before, these symptoms developed, and the progress of the case had been so rapid that two allopathic medical men had pronounced her case hopeless. She had her farewell photograph taken; everybody (including the small patient herself) was waiting the end with sufficient resignation, when I happened to be consulted somewhat incidentally. Under Iodide of arsenic, to the astonishment of all, there was decided improvement. The fetor of the breath `with every cough’ disappeared under Capsicum; but much more markedly when I gave it high (1 m.)than when given low.

“I saw her first in May, 1888. She gained steadily, put on flesh, grew strong and ruddy, and in a few months was able to go to school.

“But though the lung dullness cleared up (leaving, however, evidence of a cavity at the right apex), and the cough left her, the breathing remained short and noisy. Creaking sounds were heard all over an auscultating, and she required treatment from time to time.

“On January 8, 1891, there was- wheezing respiration; rattling on chest; cough in morning. Otherwise she was well.

“Bacil. 100, two globules.

“January 12.-Wheezing much less.

“January 20.-Very much less wheezing.

“For the next week she had much heat, with perspiration at night. The wheezing still continued less marked; but the chest was a little tight, and she got up a little phlegm in the morning.

“January 27.-Bacil. 100, glb.ii.

“February 5.-Keeping very well.

“February 19.-No wheezing since.

“Since this date, at long intervals, she has required treatment, and Bacillin has never failed to relieve her. I have not seen her now for about a year, but I often see her father. The last time I prescribed was in August last, when she was reported to have more rattling on the chest and a little cough.

“Bacil. 30, four globules in a powder; four powders, one to be taken each week.

“September 5.-Report, very much better. Chest very different soon after the powders.

“October 19.-Keeping much better.

“She is now, I understand, growing into a strong, hearty girl. “The mother of this child was also in consumption at the same time, and the father, although muscularly strong, suffers from disease of the heart.

“I will now describe the mother’s case, although it can hardly be said to illustrate the successful use of Bacillin.

“Case 2.-Mrs. W., aged 38, first seen in November, 1888. She was fair, extremely thin, had suffered from rheumatism all her life, and had a cough as long as she could remember. Eighteen months before she had a severe illness (pleurisy, I gathered) after exposure, and was at one time given up for dead. Still had pain in left side of chest low down in front on taking a deep breath or coughing. There was prolonged expiration in both sides of chest, and a systolic bruit heard all over the cardiac areas. She was exceedingly sensitive to cold air.

“I attended this patient through many illnesses, including several attacks of influenza, the last of which, in the summer of 1892, gave such an impetus to the tubercular process that she eventually succumbed to it. The only reason for my mentioning her case now is that in January, 1861, I gave her two doses of Bacil. 100, at an interval of a week. After the first dose there was very little change, though the appetite was not so good. After the second she was seized with a `spasmodic pain in the chest, going up to the throat.’ This lasted, though diminishing till the next morning. She got up much worse. This attack (which I attributed to the Bacillin) was of such an alarming character that I did not venture to repeat the medicine, especially as it was not followed by any evident amelioration.

“Case 3.-Sydney W., the youngest child of Mrs. W., seen first on July 2, 1888, aged then 12 weeks. He was suffering from bronchitis, from which he recovered.

Afterwards he had commencing Pott’s disease of the spine, which was checked by ordinary homoeopathic remedies–Silica and Sulphur chiefly.

“On February 22, 1891, he had a scrofulous condition of the eyelids, the margins inflamed and somewhat eczematous. Bacillin quickly made a change for the better in these. Whenever this condition has since threatened to recur, Bacillin has at once put him right and improved him in general health. He is now a strong, sturdy child.

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.