The bacillic virus in the one-hundredth potency produced some improvement, but not very striking. The rush of blood during an attack of hurried breathing reminded me of the action of Urtica and hence the prescription of Urtica urens 0 five drops in a tablespoonful of water night and morning. This seemingly cured the patient and she was verbally reported well on January 5, 1891. But the symptoms soon returned; the pains through the right lung became severe and the respiration very rapid. This acceleration of the respiration being very pronouncedly worse in the evening I ordered Psorinum 30.

March 6, 1891.-The breathing was normal after the Psorinum, but it has again returned seemingly from a slight cold. She is less tired in the evening, very depressed, lachrymose; the glands in the neck only very slightly improved. Bacillinum C.C.

April 29.-The remedy has acted promptly and decisively; the swelling of the glands has gone; the respiration is normal as is also the appearance of patient’s cheeks. To continue with the Bacillinum C.C. in the same manner, viz., six globules dry on the tongue at bedtime every eighth day, Placeboes being administered on the intervening days.

June 19.-Discharged quite well.

November, 1891.-Patient continues well.

Patient’s father is being successfully treated by me for an osteoma; her mother is asthmatic and was formerly under my care. And what I would specially refer to is the fact that patient’s environment is and always has been specially favorable to health and in no way conducive to consumptiveness.

In the first edition I stated how I came to discover that in Bacillinum cures ringworm; this discovery I regard as of very great importance; the cure is sometimes rapid, at other times it takes some months, but amelioration soon set in all the cases that I have treated. I may add that I used in all my cases of ringworm no external applications whatever, merely directing the head to be washed with soap and water two or three times a week. I will add just one more case of ringworm.


In the first edition, as just stated, I communicated the important fact–many smaller things are called great discoveries- that ringworm yields readily to Bacillinum, and that I therefore regard this cutaneous eruption as a tubercular manifestation.

A little girl, five and a half years of age, was brought to me at the end of January, 1891, to be treated for ringworm. There was only one ring on the back of the neck–but this was well defined. Bacillinum C. was ordered and the whole thing disappeared within the month, and the little lady has been very thriving ever since.

So far as I am concerned in this work the curability of ringworm by Bacillinum is an established fact, and I therefore take leave of the subject so far as this work is concerned, but in view of its doctrinal and practical importance, I am contemplating a separate essay on “Ringworm.”


A young lady of fifteen summers and winters came under my observation this summer to be treated for frequent eruptions of red lumps on her skin, much rolling and tossing about in her sleep and a greenish-yellow discoloration of her irregular but otherwise sound teeth. Her younger brother was formerly cured by me of a chronic hydrocephalic condition and blackish teeth. Her mother was strumous and many members of her family have succumbed to phthisis. I ascertained that the nasty colour of her teeth was in no way due to lack of cleansing care. Two months of Bacillinum brought me a written report of her good health, winding up thus: “Her teeth are now a very good colour.” Patient is of that fat strumous habit which some mistake for health.

As a collateral fact the influence of Bacillinum on the teeth I deem of some practical importance; it has won me the gratitude of quite a number of patients, notably of young ladies and of their mothers, and quite lately Dr. John Young formerly of Brooklyn and now residing in Switzerland came over from the Continent to see me in regard to a very peculiar case of arrested development in a lad. He had no teeth, he was stunted in growth and his skin was very dirty dingy-looking–having read the first edition of this work Dr. Young remembered what I say in regard to the influence of Bacillinum on the teeth and the tawniness of skin as an important indication for its use. Acting upon these indications Dr. Young gave Bacillinum in high potency for some time with the result that the patient took to growing and his teeth sprouted, and altogether he was very remarkably- changed under the bacillinic influence.

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.