One of the gems of works of Burnett is Diseases of the Spleen. In this book he has given a brief account of various remedies used for different conditions of the vital organ, the spleen.
He inumerates the various condition for which condition & stage the remedy is useful for. Various cases have been given with the drugs for a practical help. Differential diagnosis also mentioned under few cases.
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 Drydale at liver pool 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.
The strength of a chain is equal to that of its
weakest link, and similarly the value of a person’s.
life may be equal to that of his weakest vital organ
here the particular organ is equal in importance to that
of the entire organism.
Even where the tissue state of the entire organism
is everywhere equally bad, it may be a life-saving act
to relieve the particular organ that first gives way, so
that time may be gained to alter the entire crasis or
the quality of the stroma..
Death itself is often at the start in a particular
organ, i. e.,., local, and if the part be saved in time
life may be preserved. In the acute processes the
value of a particular organ strikes one often very
forcibly, there may be no need of any constitutional
treatment; the one suffering part may be the whole.
case. And in many chronic cases certain organs
claim, and must have, special attention. This is my standpoint in the following pages on Diseases of The Spleen. As Forget says, "Entre la nature medicatrice et la nature homicide, il n’y a souvent que leepaisseur d’une oponevnose."
I deem it necessary to guard: myself against mis-
apprehension in one or two particulars. In the first
place, I understand by organ-remedy not a drug that
is topically applied to a suffering organ for its physical or chemical effects, but a remedy that has an
elective affinity for such organ, by reason of which
it will find the organ itself through the blood. For
instance, an astringent applied to a mucous surface
to get rid of a catarrh is no organ-remedy in my
meaning, it is no example of Rademacher’s organ-
Then I do not put forward organopathy as an idea
of my own, or as something new, but as that of
Hohenheim, and of his co-doctrinaires, as resuscitated,
extended, elaborated, and systematized by Rade-
macher, in the early part of this century. Honor to
whom honor is due; poor Hohenheim has been maliciously befouled and meanly robbed long enough, and
it is high time he should have the credit of his own
genius, as well as of his own folly.
The modern father of organopathy is Johann
Gottfried Rademacher, who was born on the 4th of
August, 1772, and died on the 9th of February, 1850.
His great life-work bears this title: "RECHTFERTIGUNG
‘der von den Gelehrten misskannten verstandesrechten
ER¥AHRUNGSHEILLEHRE der ALTEN SCHEIDEKUN-
STIGEN GEHEIMAERZTE, und. treue Mittheilung des
Ergebnisses einer 25-jahrigen Erprobung dieser Lehre
am Krankenbette, von Johann Gottfried Rademacher."
The preface to the Ist edition is dated Ist
This is the work I so often refer to herein, and
from which I translate the part on diseases of the
spleen, though slightly condensed.
Further, I do not regard organopathy as something
outside of homoeopathy, but as being embraced by and
included in it, though not identical or co-
extensive with it. I would say—Organopathy is
homeopathy in the first degree. And, finally, I would
emphasize the fact, that where the homoeopathic simillimal agent covering the totality of the
symptoms, and also the underlying pathologic process
causing such symptoms, can be found, there
organopathy either has no raison d’etre at all, or it
is of only temporary service to ease an organ in
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