Fifty Reasons for Being a Homeopath

(1888)
by James Compton Burnett, MD

By 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 Homoeopathic 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 Homoeopathy 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. Burnett told Dr. T.A.K. that he could give him fifty reasons for being a homeopath, to which the doctor replied, "I have never heard one good reason yet."

This book is the collection of those fifty reasons that Burnett posted to Dr. T.A.K.

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 homoeopathic books recommended or to take any steps to verify Dr. Burnett's methods. There is ample excuse for the terms used.

In Burnett's time homoeopathic physicians practiced under great professional drawbacks, for it was not until long after his death, in 1901, that homoeopathic 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.

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 skillfully obtained by this old Master of our art.

Excerpted from J.C. Burnett's
Homoeopathic Treatment or Fifty Reasons to become a Homoeopath
and
New England Journal of Homoeopathy
"The Chapter on Principles" Vol 10, No 1, 2001