Being more than satisfied with Bacillinum I have not needed to have recourse to Koch’s Tuberculinum, but in order to be sure that my high opinion of his preparation was warranted I have used Tuberculinum Kochii 6 in the form of tincture prepared from Koch’s matrix fluid obtained from his Berlin agent, but here I will only say that I have satisfied myself that his fluid is a good anti-tubercular remedy administered internally as a homoeopathic dilution. It seemed to me, however, nothing like so good as Bacillinum in its therapeutic effects, and also not equal to the Tuberculinum Swanii; but as I have had a good deal of experience with Swan’s remedy and much more with Bacillinum, and very little with Koch’s, I would not prejudice the question, as in the meantime I must consider myself relatively unqualified to give an opinion on Koch’s remedy further than to say that it certainly has power over tubercular processes.

All the cases that within my own and hearsay knowledge have been treated with Koch’s remedy by hypodermic injection have died. One case only that had been to Germany and been under a regular course of Kochian injections, has come under my personal care, and in this case the effects of the treatment were very curious. The young man’s pulmonary phthisis was, seemingly, cured on the right side, i.e. the right lung appeared in all respects normal, but the left lung was almost solid. And I think the history of the case in question affords an explanation of the peculiar behaviour of the remedy. The point is important in its practical bearing and I will therefore explain. The young man was phthisically-disposed, was suffering, in fact, from what I have ventured to call consumptiveness. It was therefore determined to give him an outdoor occupation in a warm climate, and he was accordingly sent to Florida, where he entered upon the new life, but unfortunately, he got the ague of that country and after being greatly depressed thereby he was sent back home to England in declared consumption, and hereupon his fond father took him to Germany for the Koch cure, and this failing he brought him to me on his homeward journey, when I found the condition I have just described. His spleen was very much enlarged so that what with a solid left lung and this engorged spleen he was, as before stated, peculiarly left-sidedly diseased. I imagine, therefore, that Koch’s treatment might have succeeded if the spleen and chronic malarialism had been first cured; this I set about doing and for a few weeks patient picked up wonderfully and then I gave Bacillinum but to no purpose; the phthisis had broken out in full blaze and the young man died. Here I again observed that Bacillinum has no influence over acute phthisis in full blaze. Had the young man been treated by Bacillinum when he went to Florida I think he would have been cured by it and my next two cases will give my reason for this opinion.


A young man of about twenty years of age, brother of the foregoing, was ailing in just the same way as his deceased brother did before starting for Florida. He was tall, big-made and from his bulk ought to have been very strong, but this he was not but on the contrary very weak indeed, and he had a number of indurated glands in the neck and that was how his brother began.

Three months of the Bacillinum has seemingly quite cured him and his cervical glands can no longer be felt and patient feels quite well and is now employed as an electrical engineer here in London.


A younger brother of the two foregoing, about 12 years of age, was in a similar state and in addition to indurated glands his skin had a very dusky brown aspect, he tanned unduly in the sun.

He also has quite recovered under the Bacillinum and his father not long since reported of him from the country as quite well and hearty. From these two cases I think I am warranted in saying that the eldest deceased brother might have been saved had he had the treatment by Bacillinum at the time of his being sent to Florida.

To cure consumption, therefore, by Bacillinum we must begin early with the treatment, and we must ever keep before our minds that each case must be individualized to the extent of not expecting the bacillinic specific to cure non-tubercular manifestations: for instance Bacillinum will not cure chronic malarialism as it will also not cure vaccinosis or the hydrogenoid constitution of Grauvogl, and so forth. And as very many cases of consumptiveness and of consumption are not merely that, the extra-tubercular part of each case must be cured: each case on its own merits: and hence we see that neither Koch’s nor any other fluid; neither Bacillinum nor any other remedy will, in itself, suffice, in the majority of cases, for the simple reason that each will act only in its own sphere, i.e. that to which it is homoeopathic it will cure and naught else.

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.