2. BACILLINUM TUBERCULINUM CASES



“And now I could tell you of a good many of my dispensary patients, of what is called consumptive build. Flat-chested or narrow chests; hard to recover from colds, poorly nourished, low vitality, sweat easily and at nights, but who have no soreness in the lungs; some with sore throats, tonsillitis and haemorrhoids, bleeding freely from the least injuries, to whom, by way of experiment, I have given Bacillinum 30th, in my office, and a bottle of placebo, who have been promptly cured of all their complaints with the one prescription. From these cases I learn that this remedy is many-sided and is a good thing to give where there are no symptoms strong or clear enough to be named, only a general feeling of illness.

“ROBERT BOOCOCK, M.D.

“Flatbush, L. I.”

I will conclude with a short paper by my friend, Dr. John H. Clarke:

“A CASE OF TUBERCULOUS PHTHISIS CURED MAINLY BY TUBERCULINUM (HEATH).

A case presented to the Society, February 2, 1893.

“James K., a carman, age 40, was admitted into the hospital October 17, 1892. The following notes are taken from the case- book of Dr. Vincent Green, junior resident medical officer. The family history is excellent, there being no history of phthisis. The patient’s present illness dates from an attack of influenza three years ago, the attack being followed by cough, expectoration, night sweats and emaciation. These symptoms continued for a year until the patient could hardly get out of bed on account of weakness. He was in the North London Hospital six weeks, where he improved, but during the next six weeks he became rapidly worse, having two sharp attacks of haemoptysis. When admitted to the Homoeopathic Hospital he was emaciated, suffered much from dyspepsia, and had a poor appetite. He had an irritative hacking cough, but not much expectoration, but the sputum contained tubercle bacilli. At the apex of the right lung there was a crack-pot note, tubular breathing and abundant coarse crepitations. In the infraclavicular region there was some dullness, with prolonged expiration and fine crepitations; posteriorily, there was audible prolonged expiration, with crepitations all over the lung. At the apex of the left lung expiration was prolonged, but there were no accompaniments. The heart sounds were clear; pulse 110. The patient complained of a feeling of weight in the right chest, sleeplessness, and cough for several days, and then he began to improve; constipation was one of his chief troubles.

“On November 9th, as he still complained of the weight in the chest, he was given Tuberculinum (Health) 100, gt. iii., on the tongue, and this was repeated the following week.

“By November 20th he had gained one and a quarter pounds in weight; the sensation of weight in the chest was better; there was very little cough, no expectoration, no night sweats, but he was troubled a good deal with flatulence. Tuberculinum was repeated on the 30th, and again on December 10th; by this time he had gained another pound and a half in weight.

“December 19th.-He complains of pains in the joints without swelling; there is a return of the sweats and cough, with frothy white sputum. Under Mercurius vivus 12 the rheumatic symptoms perfectly subsided.

“Tuberculinum was repeated on January 4th and 25th.

“On February 2nd it was noted that he had gained four and a half pounds since January 18th; he had no cough, and felt quite well. There was a prolonged expiratory murmur and increase of vocal fremitus, and resonance at the right apex, but no abnormal physical signs at the left apex.-The Journal of the British Homoeopathic Society.

“[The Tuberculinum used in this case, and the Bacillinum prescribed by Dr. Burnett in his `New Cure of Consumption,’ are identical.–ED. RECORDER.]” The very latest testimony anent the clinical value of Bacillinum I find in the “Homoeopathic World” of November 1, 1893. It comes from New Zealand, and runs thus:

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.