Three months of Bacillinum slowly and completely cured the boy, and a letter reached me this day to say, “R. is so well and bonny,” and a fortnight ago the governess wrote me, “R. is as well as ever, and needs no more medicine.” The boy himself I have not seen since his treatment, but it is pretty evident that he is now quite well. He had no other remedy at all to account for the cure.


Said a young mother to me on the 30th of September, 1891: “I have brought Leonard to you because he grinds his teeth so at night and I think he must have worms, his mouth gets sore and there are sores in the corners of the mouth; he is so thin and his glands are swollen–in fact, he is just as he was when I brought him to you last time when he was four years old. I want you, please, to give him the same powders you sent him then, as they cured him at once and quite set him up.”

I turned up my case book and found the entry following: “April 5, 1889.-Leonard X., aet. 4 (nearly); has a strawberry tongue and a very offensive chronic discharge from the left ear; behind the left ear there is an indurated swelled gland, and there are some hard feelable glands in the neck.” And what was the remedy in the powders the mother wanted again for her little Leonard? Bacillinum 30; one dose of six globules on sugar of milk every 12 days.

In my judgment there is not any higher testimony to the efficacy of a remedy than that of a mother when she remembers and picks out a given prescription of two years and a half ago. The little man’s sister had pyothorax after pleurisy last winter, but she is quite well now.


I have received kindly communications from various parts from those who have used Bacillinum as recommended in this work, and with one of these I will close this second edition:

“RAMSGATE, AUG. 13, `91.

“DEAR SIR–I have read with much interest your book, `New Cure for Consumption,’ and am acquainted with four persons who have been greatly benefited through taking the virus. One, a young woman, aged 28, came here last March in the second stage of consumption; had spent one winter in the home of Ventnor. The doctors said no more could be done for her, and I did not think she would ever be any better, but had just come here to die. The kind friend who lent me your book administered the virus, and the patient so far recovered as to be able to take a situation near Liverpool, and by a letter received a day or two since is evidently fairly well. The sister, who has resided with me many years, aged 26, was looking very pale and feeling languid, no energy; suffered, too, at monthly period. These young women are orphans –both parents died of consumption. She, too, began taking the virus once a week for eleven weeks, and the change was wonderful; does not suffer monthly now. All who knew her said `how well she looked.’ She discontinued it the middle of July, and one reason I write you is to ask if you think she had better resume it?

“The third case was a young person far advanced in consumption; left lung affected; could not lie on the left side. After taking the virus was certainly better, and could sleep on the left side.

“Third case, a child, wasting away, and poor appetite. She is now looking bonny and gaining flesh.

“I ought to say the first-named patient had the right lung affected; cavities in it, and the left very weak. Her sister had lost flesh, but has gained nearly six pounds since taking the virus. I shall feel so obliged for a few lines when convenient.” Now, little book, go forth and fell to all concerned that, thanks to the labors of Paracelsus, Fludd, Lux, Hahnemann, Hering, Pasteur, Swan, Berridge, Skinner, Koch and many others, phthisis and the tubercular diseases generally have definitely entered the list of medicable diseases. But finally, and for the last time, the remedy must not be administered by injection; it must be given in high, higher and highest potencies and the doses must be FAR APART.

To those who can use only low dilutions I solemnly say……

Hands off!


I AM called upon by my publishers for a further edition of this work, and as I have the opportunity of enlarging it; this I do in the hope that its usefulness may be increased; but as I am hard run for time just now I shall not be able to add much. Reproaches have been levelled against me by some reviewers for defects of style, inadequate descriptions, and omissions of details; I plead guilty, my Lords.

But I would submit as an extenuating circumstance the fact that most of what I write is done in odd scraps of time, sometimes in carriages or at railway stations, and not infrequently when tired, and ofttimes when weighed down by anxieties and responsibilities inseparable from the life and labors of an advocate of absolute free thought in matters medical. In proportion as prejudice gives way to knowledge and to the teachings of experience, so the particular remedy here recommended will gain in favor with the enlightened who are earnestly engaged in battling against diseases. I do not expect such a remedy to find favor all at once, and my prime object in bringing out a further edition is to be useful to my fellow-man. Thanks to Professor Koch the task is a possible one, and I am grateful to him accordingly.

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.