SPOTLIGHTS ON TUBERCULOSIS. A physician in his lifetime may have to face a few cases which cannot be measured and resolved by the above five standards and instruments of the similimum., In such cases eight from too great an artificial suppression of symptoms by a most vigorous antipathic, antibiotic treatment which destroys or paralyses the symptom-producing capability of the nervous system and keeps the defense mechanism in abeyance the live principle remains stagnant.


Tuberculosis like cancer is a scourge of society, exacting larger tolls than anything else taken singly. It is more honorable to discover a remedy for either of them, than digging a tunnel right through the earth linking the two hemispheres. Pathology and biochemistry with the help of antibiotic and other therapy are labouring through thick and thin admit obstacles and hindrances. A mass of new drugs is daily pouring forth in to the market, a new name in therapy being announced nearly every day break. But what is most unfortunate is that the results of such huge enterprises, intellectual, scientific and economic, as attested by experience, is to shatter all hopes.

Tuberculosis remained a menace as ever, as cancer is an enigma still today. What Homoeopathy can furnish today is more than fifty years old. We have done nothing new from the attainments of the past century; we have traversed no new land beyond what was reached with a tiptoe of traversed no new land beyond what was reached with a tiptoe of expectoration by Swan or Burnett.

We cure many cases of tuberculosis and cancer in the latent or primary stage. But are we sure of curing case when the disease has broken forth and advanced far, showing a picture of devastation in the human constitution? I wish I could discover something for this stage, even at the cost of the whole of my homoeopathic Materia Medica. ON THE THRESHOLD OF A NEW LIGHT.

Dr.R.R.Gregg, as manifested in his work, Consumption: Its cause and Nature, seemed to be on the threshold of a new light, a new truth, a revelation as it were; but on final analysis, he could not fulfil our cherished expectation. He takes a new step from the metaphysical concept of some of his predecessors and contemporaries, that the bacterium is not the cause but an effect, but basing his conclusions on a solid foundation of prevalent data from anatomy, physiology and pathology, he convincingly establishes his theory of consumption: “that a loss of albumen from the blood, and the consequent disproportion into which such loss must necessarily throw all the other constituents of blood was the cause of consumption,-the key to the production of tubercles and all their attending phenomena,” the bacillus, on the other hand, being “nothing but a result of the softening or suppuration of the tubercles, a simple rod of fibrin” (Chapt.11, pp. 20 and 21, Ind.Edition).

The notorious tubercle, according to Dr.Gregg, is nothing but “granules” or “capillaries filled with decolorized blood corpuscles,” which again resemble tuberculous corpuscles in the minutest detail, and as such are one and the same with them. “Both contain fatty matter, partly in very in very fine granules and partly in vesicles and the same salts…chlorides, phosphates and the like; while the action of Acetic Acid upon the one is identical to what it is upon the other chapt. XIV, pp. 105 and 106. Ind. Edition).

Here is established the oneness of the decolorized blood corpuscles with the tuberculous corpuscles, anatomically, chemically and microscopically, as also that of the rod of fibrin with the bacillus tuberculosis, for the pure fibrin taken from a perfectly healthy animals blood and decomposing in a solution of distilled water manifested “precisely the similar forms to what Professor Eberth of Germany obtained from the sputa of consumptives and labelled bacilli tuberculosis (chapt. XVII, p. 130. Ind., Ed).

But what is yet to be done is either to prove the oneness of the simple rod of fibrin with the bacillus tuberculosis as conceived under the stain method of testing for A.F.B., or to disprove the said stain method itself scientifically in order to confirm the fibrin theory of tuberculosis thereby. And apart from the speculative ingenuity and confirmation of Hahnemanns Psora theory, Dr. Greggs treatise, through outstanding in investigation information, planning and execution, and so distinctly admirable in the whole range of homoeopathic literature,m is of no practical value to us. It was Dr. H. C. Allen who came to the rescues in adding a more voluminous therapeutic and repertorial part to it. A STEP FURTHER.

Drs. Fortier Bernoville and A.Nebels works in this line lead us a step further and confirm the conclusions of many, derived from the testimony of the clinic. Despite some crooked confusions about the psora theory of Hahnemann, and the introduction of a rather than the similimum, their works may be pronounced to a well-balanced planning and a comprehensive evaluation of the whole subject,m coupled with a determination to find a way our,m are to be carefully considered.

S M Bhattacherjee