Chapter 1 – Tinea

This is very unfortunate for sick folks, because the world at large do not, cannot, readily see the difference between the use of a virus in homoeopathic potency and its use in Kochian fashion, ALTHOUGH THE RESULTS ARE EXACTLY OPPOSITE.

For them__medical and lay__tuberculinum is tuberculinum whether the matrix substance or a homoeopathic potency, whereas the one is a poison that kills, while the other is a grand harmless remedy, that cures a very dire and fatal disease.

The vast majority of the homoeopathic practitioners of the world take up this position : they say the use of viruses as remedies is not permissible; they are superior persons who disdain the use of such unspeakable things. They object to the kind of remedy altogether, which would be a tenable position if only they were able to cure as well without them. But can they? No, they cannot, and do not. I have before now urged, that inasmuch as the virus can (and must) be used in a high potency, what the origin or nature of the matrix may be is a matter of absolute indifference.

“Oh,” say they, “but we do not believe in high potencies, there is nothing in them.”

Their position is therefore this :- they object to, say, tuberculinum, or pyrogenium, because of their nature and origin; they object to them in high potency, because high potencies contain nothing at all. When, therefore, any of these superior persons object to the use of Bacillinum for the cure of ringworm on the ground of its being a virus, my reply is, that as I only use high potencies, on their own showing, contain nothing at all, their objection falls to the ground, being reduced to the absurd, for no one can ascribe bad qualities to “nothing.”

I will pass on now from the objections of these superior persons to a further study of the clinical results obtained by Bacillinum in the treatment of ringworm, and this I do the more willingly as I know full well that it were vain to expect or wait for any progress or help in the cure of grave forms of disease from them. They are now, therapeutically, where they formerly were, and in the future they will be still in the same place, subserving the not altogether useless purpose of milestones on the road of medical progress. They are already a good way behind, and will soon be lost to view altogether.

Homoeopathy must progress on the lines of pathology and morbid anatomy, or it will wane, and study on animals will have to help us.

Case of Tinea Circinnata.

A young lassie of eight years of age was brought by her mother to me on February 18, 1889, for a patch of ringworm on the left side of the nose and several others on the back of the neck, where the hairy scalp ends. She had from me Morbillinum 30.

March 20.- The old spots have gone, but she has quite a number of new ones on chest and arms; her tongue is pippy; she does not get off to sleep very readily. There is no ringworm on the body.

Rx Bacillinum C.

This quite cured the ringworm, and it never returned. I should have stated at the outset of this little narration, that patient had had ringworm for many months before she was brought to me at all.

Three years later-i.e., April 11, 1892- I again saw this girl with her mother, when I inquired whether there had been any return of the ringworm? Patient had almost forgotten all about the affair, but her mother exclaimed,-“Oh, Kathleen has never had any return of the ringworm, though fresh places had kept on coming for over a year when I first brought her to you.”

Case of Ringworm Cured by Bacillinum CC.

Towards the end of the year 1891, a lady was induced by relatives to bring her twelve-year-old son to me, because he had suddenly arrived home from school with a circular, bald, scaly patch on the top of his head. The ring was about the size of a florin, and for the past three weeks had been treated most actively; one might say that said little ring-shaped patch had been attacked with venom, fury, and hatred by the surgeon, the mother, the governess, and by “uncle,” the general impression conveyed by the onslaught was “we’ll soon get rid of you!”

But in vain, though “uncle” is a general in the army. The indurated glands in the neck, the dusky colour of the skin of the neck, the dirt that would not wash off, showed quite clearly that the stroma was ill. Three months of the Bacillinum CC., and nothing else locally or internally, effected a very perceptible change in the boy: not only had the nasty ring- shaped patch become covered with clean, healthy hairs, but the scurf had gone, and the boy had grown an inch; he looked fresher, brighter, and-“Doctor, his face and neck are so much cleaner.”

The boy duly returned to school in capital health. Said the boy’s mother, “I am beginning to have faith in your treatment, but oh! what a life ‘uncle’ and the others have led me.”

What does your uncle say, now the nasty thing has gone?

“He says he always had his doubts as to whether it was a true case of ringworm.”

But I thought he was so very sure about it?

“So he was when I brought S. to you, but the general says that the real ringworm is a parasitic disease, and that you cannot possibly kill parasites on the skin by giving the infected person little white powders to take.”

Tell your uncle I think faith did it.

I fancy the general has a sure cure of his own brought from India.

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.