Vaccinosis and its Cure by Thuja

Vaccinosis and its Cure by Thuja

  • James C. Burnett


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For Burnett, vaccinosis is a sub-division of sycosis; and its recognition of considerable utility in the consulting-room and at the bedside.

The contents of this little book constitute an important explanation of certain, otherwise obscure, clinical phenomena.

124 pp pb


Vaccinosis and its Cure by Thuja, by James Compton Burnett, was published in 1897.

The first part of this work concerns Thuja and its relation to vaccinosis.

The second part is a brief treatise on homeoprophylaxis, or how the law of similars might be utilized in the prevention of specific diseases.

For Burnett, vaccinosis was a subdivision of Hahnemann's sycosis. He felt that recognition of its prevalence was of considerable utility in the consulting room and at beside.

Homoeoprophylaxis was an area that Burnett intended to explore, armed with the power of the law of similars.

James Compton Burnett, MD

1840 - 1901

James Compton Burnett was born on July 10, 1840 and died April 2, 1901. Dr. Burnett was the great uncle of Margery Blackie. He 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. When counseled not to go into homeopathy Burnett replied that he could not buy worldly honor at the cost of his conscience.

Primarily an organopathic clinician, Burnett was one of the first to speak about vaccination triggering illness. This was discussed in his book, Vaccinosis, published in 1884.

Along with other nosodes, he introduced the remedy Baccillinum. A prodigious writer he published over twenty books in his lifetime. His book, Fifty Reasons for Being a Homoeopath(1888), is of particular note for beginning homeopaths.

J.H. Clarke, Robert T. Cooper, and James Compton Burnett together formed the 'Cooper Club'. This regular meeting of leading British homeopaths was the source of many of the symptoms in Clarke's Dictionary of Materia Medica.

Clarke says of Burnett, "during the last twenty years Burnett has been the most powerful, the most fruitful, and the most original force in homeopathy. "

To more fully appreciate Burnett's contribution to homeopathy, you may want to read Will Taylor's WholeHealthNow series 'Taking The Case'. In Installment 6, Will examines Dr. Burnett's understanding of Locality and the Specificty of Seat.