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(The following is taken from Schussler’s 24th Edition, published in 1897)

Magnesia phosphorica and Natrum phosphoricum. – The possibility of leucocytes undergoing cheesy metamorphosis is due to the fact that they contain albumen and fat. A conglomeration or mass of leucocytes that has not yet undergone cheesy degeneration constitutes scrofula, while tuberculosis is the state after such generation. Hence scrofula is the first, tuberculosis the second. Much can be accomplished in almost any stage and in all scrofulous diseases by the use of the phosphates, selected according to their characteristic indications.

In regard to tuberculosis, Magnesia phosphorica deserves special attention, and the latest experience endorses it as a remedy for lupus. As long as no cheesy degeneration is present Natrum phos. is able to release the imprisoned leucocytes.

A mass of leucocytes undergoing cheesy degeneration furnishes a nutrient soil for bacilli, and hence must be cast off and eliminated as a foreign body by normal cell action. Every healthy cell possesses the property of recognizing and repelling inimical substances. Perfectly healthy cells are not found in the neighborhood of tubercles. Such must be formed through the action of the indicated phosphates, which bring about their new cell formation and also enter into their composition.

Koch’s Tuberculin cannot effect such results, since it is a substance foreign to the cells and hence is repelled.

The expulsion of a tubercle by means of the normal cell action is the expression of Nature’s power of healing. The possibility of such an natural recovery can readily be conceived by any rational man.


In a former Edition, the 20th, we find the following, which we append as a note to Scrofula and Tuberculosis.]

Tuberculin, form which the tubercular lymph has lately been manufactured, will yet have to undergo many metamorphoses before it is discovered that they who use it are on the wrong track.

“Man dreht sich rechts,

Man dreht sich links,

Doch hangt der Zopf stets hinten.”

There are still to be found, here and there, physicians, who, infactuated with the bacteriological fad, seek to cure by means of tuberculin diseased tuberculous conditions.

They point to their successes, but that these rest upon errors, even in the face of their numerous failures, they are unwilling to doubt.

It is not excluded from possibility that bacilli might be found in the sputum of any one suffering from a simple bronchial catarrh, but otherwise perfectly healthy, which had just been inhaled and retained in the thick secretion.

An enthusiastic follower of Koch affected with the bacillus mania will at once upon the discovery of the bacilli in the sputum conclude that tubercles are present in the lung tissue, and, following this erroneous conclusion, will bring at once tuberculin to the field.

After the cure has been accomplished, which is to say, when the catarrh under favorable influence of external conditions has cured itself, the patient, believing himself to have been affected with tuberculosis, willingly pays the expenses of the hunt for the bacilli.

Bacilli which are found on healthy cells will be cast off and eliminated. Bacilli which, as above mentioned, meet on a catarrhal secretion in the air passages will be expectorated with secretion. Bacilli meeting in a mass of leucocytes, which have undergone cheesy degeneration, adhere and thrive therein, because this mass, being inactive, cannot throw them off. It becomes their breeding place. As no one can with certainty say whether such a pathological condition is present or not in his organism, it is wise to avoid conditions which may lead to such conditions.

and the bacilli act as the cause of disease. However, if this nutrient soil, in consequence of rational means, is cut off and eliminated then the bacilli will go the same path, or be left to the same fate as the cheese mites – when consumed.

If the bacilli did not require this mass of cheesy degenerated leucocytes for breeding ground, if they could breed in healthy places, then they would soon undermine the whole organism and tuberculosis, indeed, would not have time to become chronic and the patient would die before both lungs would have been undermined by the bacilli.

It is different with the germs which cause acute infectious diseases, measles, scarlatina, typhus, small-pox, etc. These germs cannot find a pathological ground whereupon to breed, and they are proportionately quickly cast off and eliminated by healthy cell action.

William Boericke
William Boericke, M.D., was born in Austria, in 1849. He graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in 1880 and was later co-owner of the renowned homeopathic pharmaceutical firm of Boericke & Tafel, in Philadelphia. Dr. Boericke was one of the incorporators of the Hahnemann College of San Francisco, and served as professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics. He was a member of the California State Homeopathic Society, and of the American Institute of Homeopathy. He was also the founder of the California Homeopath, which he established in 1882. Dr. Boericke was one of the board of trustees of Hahnemann Hospital College. He authored the well known Pocket Manual of Materia Medica.
W.A. Dewey
Dewey, Willis A. (Willis Alonzo), 1858-1938.
Professor of Materia Medica in the University of Michigan Homeopathic Medical College. Member of American Institute of Homeopathy. In addition to his editoral work he authored or collaborated on: Boericke and Dewey's Twelve Tissue Remedies, Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica, Essentials of Homeopathic Therapeutics and Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics.