50 Reasons For Being a Homeopath’ is a lovely little book. It consists of 50 letters from the famous homeopathic doctor J. Compton Burnett to a young skeptic ‘Dr T.A.K’ & was written around 1888. It still shines with truth today.
You remember my case of hiccough cured by Natrum muriaticum? Well, while my mind is still dwelling on this very wonderful remedy, I will adduce another cure by it as my sixteenth reason for being a homeopath. In it you may again note the expansiveness of the conception of similitudes, for this case grew out of the hiccough case:
John H, aged 29, seaman, came to me April 21st, 1878, telling me that he had had fever and ague (fever caused by malaria) two or three times a day, with watery vomiting, in Calcutta, in September, 1877. Was in the Calcutta hospital three weeks for it, took emetics, quinine and tonic. Left at the end of three weeks cured; but before he was out of port the ague returned, or he got another, and he had a five-month voyage home to the port of Liverpool. During the first three months of this homeward voyage he had two, three, four and five attacks a week, and took a good deal of a powder from the captain, which, from his description, was probably Cinchona bark; then the fever left him, and the following conditions supervened, viz: “Pain in right side under the ribs; cannot lie on right side; both calves very painful to touch, they are hard and stiff; left leg semiflexed, he cannot stretch it.” In this condition he was two months at sea and two weeks ashore; and in this condition he comes to me hobbling with the aid of a stick, and in great pain from the moving.
Urine red and muddy; bowels regular; skin tawny; conjunctiva yellow.
Drinks about three pints of beer daily. I recommended him not to alter his mode of life till he is cured, and then drink less beer. The former part of the recommendation he followed, as I learned from his brother; of the latter part I have no information.
The hiccough case bears directly on this one , as we have evidently to deal with ague suppressed with Cinchona. Therefore ordered Nat mur. 6 trit, six grains in water every four hours.
April 27th – Pain in side and leg went away entirely in three days, and the water cleared at once; but the pain returned on the fourth day in the left calf only; which today is red, painful, swelled, and pits. He walks without a stick. Continued medicine.
May 4th – Almost well; feels only very little pain in his left calf when walking. Looks and feels quite well, and walked into room with perfect ease without any stick. He thinks he had a cold shake a few nights ago. He continues to perspire every night; ever since he got the ague the sheets have to be changed every night. Continue medicine.
May 11th – quite well.
I will here urge you to make a profound study of salt in all it’s bearings; but it’s being such a grand calorifacient in refracted dose, and during this deadlock of ague and chinchona, will surely entitle it to be considered a very good reason for being a homeopath, since it cannot be so used on any other than homeopathic ground.