Caring and Curing : Health and Medicine in the Western Religious Traditions
Contributing authors tell of historical approaches to healing by members of the Jewish community, early Christan and Medieval Catholic traditions, Easter Orthodox, Lutherans, Anglicans, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Anabaptists, Methodists, Unitarieans, Disciples of Christ, Mormons, Christian Science, Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, evangelicals, pentaconstals,, and Aftro-Americans. Lester Bush's chapter on Mormons explains that most 19th century converts were followers of the Thomsonian school of botanic remedies. There were few M.D.s in the Mormon movement, and medical drugs were illegal in early Utah. It was not until the 1870s that Utahns understood the importance of keeping even culinary water sources pure. By 1902, the Mormon church had opened the first of fifteen modern, well-equipped hospitals.