“For many years the Mormons rejected the aid of physicians altogether. They applied oil, and ‘laid hands’ on all sick persons, without regard to their ailments. If a person was ill, the elders were called, and they anointed him with consecrated oil; then they rubbed or manipulated him, much after the manner of the modern ‘magnetic treatment,’ the elders praying audibly all the time.”
Ann Eliza Young, Wife No. 19 (Hartford, CT: Dustin, Gilman & Company, 1876), 124.