The doctors and priests of the day send more to death and hell than anywhere else. About one in a million may get some glory. A bigger set of cursed scoundrels never graced the earth than that class. Surgery is a different class and is very necessary in many instances and that system can be learned. But to learn the system of man, they can no more learn that, than they can learn the heavens. A worse set of ignoramuses do not walk the earth. They do not know how to turn wind in a man's body when it gets cross ways. If you cut their infernal throats, the people will live. ... The practice of doctors in visiting women in childbirth is damnable. Women should be let alone and let nature have its perfect work.
[Wilford Woodruff's Journal. 9 Vols. Scott G. Kenney, ed. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1983-85. 4:81-85, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]