50 reasons for being a Homeopath is one of the classical works of Dr. J. Compton Burnett. In this book he has discussed various conditions which are either labelled incurable or surgical by other schools of medicines and how some of these conditions can be managed with homeopathic medicines.
He has also discussed some of the cases and homeopathic approach in such cases and the use of some of the rare remedies.
J. C. Burnett, M. D. was a contemporary with R. Hughes, R. E. Dudgeon & J. H. Clarke and was one of the most potent influence on evolution of British Homeopathy. Early in his career, he attended the clinic of Dr. John Drysdale at Liverpool with friend A. Hawkes and J.H. Clarke that touched his fascination with organopathy. He is the acclaimed author of dozens books on homeopathy which includes "Consumption," "Liver," "Ringworm," "Gout," "Stunted Children," "Organ Diseases of Women," "Diseases of Skin," "Change of Life in Women," "Enlarged Tonsils" and "Tumours" etc.
This wonderful little book has found its way to the public
in five editions. The opportunity has now been taken to
arrange the index better and to summarize the medical
controversy which caused the book to be undertaken. It
was given, perhaps, too much prominence in former
Briefly, the author, Dr. J. Compton Burnett, was born
in the year 1840. He graduated with honours from an
orthodox medical school. While he was working as a
house physician his original mind was occupied in devising
better curative measures for the patients admitted. Here
he relates his experiences and his conversion from allopathic drugging to the homeopathic curative methods
mentioned in the various cases.
But the book, containing his Fifty Reasons for being a
Homeopath, was undertaken for a specific object.
About 1888, Dr. Compton Burnett had deservedly made
his way in medical circles as a well-known London
practitioner with the appointment as Physician to the
London Homeopathic Hospital. By chance (but really
on the purpose of his host "a genial Member of Parliament’’) Dr. Burnett met his host’s young nephew at
dinner. This young man, "Dr. T.A.K.", had recently
returned from Europe after a tour of the medical
universities before going into medical practice in England.
His uncle believed in Homeopathy and he wished his
nephew to interest himself in it rather than the allopathic
school of treatment and thought. There is no doubt he
contrived the meeting for that purpose.
Dr. Burnett found the nephew "as full of scholastic
conceit as an egg is full of meat ’’, and on young Dr. T.A.K.
calling him a ‘‘ quack ’’, left the house in anger. In the
result, however, he agreed to accept the challenge thrown
out in letters passing between himself and the young
doctor and, in course of time, gathered the cases together
which you will read in the pages of this book. That alone
is a tribute to Dr. Compton Burnett’s character and
We can imagine Dr. T. A. K.’s obstinacy must have been
irritating to the older and prosperous successful London
practitioner but only occasionally does some acerbity
become noticeable in the argument ; when the young man,
like so many other doubters, refuses to read the homeopathic books recommended or to take any steps to verify
Dr. Burnett’s methods. There is ample excuse for the
Not only do the cases completely convince, but even in
the searching light of fifty years’ further enquiry these
homeopathic treatments sparkle with Truth. They have
turned many a thinking man towards a better line of
In Burnett’s time homeopathic physicians practised
under great professional drawbacks, for it was not until
long after his death, in 1901, that homeopathic science
and the medical men who had the courage to explore it
were recognized by the State as equal in all respects to
their fellows in the Medicinal arts.
Having been asked to preface this edition I have
naturally examined the cases again with the greatest
interest. Even if Dr. Compton Burnett’s career was not
so authenticated as it is, the perusal of these cases, the
knowledge of homeopathic principles shown in them, the
care and skill used in differentiating the right remedy for
them, whether in serious cases or slight, no less than the
literary style in which they are so logically explained to
his sceptical and cynical antagonist, prove Dr. J. Compton
Burnett’s right to be considered one of ‘the greatest
medical pioneers of Homeopathy. He argues so reasonably. He cures so well.
His cases must convince any but the wilfully blind.
They seem to cover exactly the discomforts and diseases
which the majority of practitioners encounter in their
It is an inspiration to examine and enjoy the manner in
which they were met and overcome. All practitioners,
all Homoeopathists, will gain something valuable from a
careful perusal of this book. With the aid of a modern
Materia Medica greater scope is obtainable in developing
the cures so skilfully obtained by this old Master of our art.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
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