This book deals specifically with diseases and disorders of the veins such as varicocele, varicose veins and haemorrhoids (piles). The book is divided into two parts -- the first being case examples from Dr Burnett's own practice explaining how he has cured these diseases and the second part being a specific Materia Medica for the treatment of the diseases of rhe veins. First, we deal with the obstruction where such exists, and in these cases haemorrhage is an unusual occurrence. Secondly, we proceed to cure the blood diseases where such exist, and here haemorrhages are common and often severe; when these blood diseases are cured the haemorrhages cease, and then the vein medicines proper and the anti-traumatics come into play. The Second Part contains indications for about 50 Homoeopathic remedies likely to be useful in varicose conditions.
James Compton Burnett was born on July 10, 1840 and died April 2, 1901. Dr. Burnett 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. 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".