That got me thinking and I dug up my 1st Ed AD&D characters and found my character Celene (enspired by this bit of Elmore art). She was a Healer. Not a Cleric. Also she was my first 2nd character. Stuffed into the wrong folder I guess.
The healer I used back then was an odd mix of materials I had written for the witch, a necromancer class that no one has seen and the Sun Priest.
They all related in a weird way.
I tended to use Clerics more as the Occult Researchers of D&D. If it was an evil monster then they knew about it.
So healers, even pacifist ones, had more to do in my games.
Did any of you use Healers as a seperate class? If so how did it work out for you? Did they have awesome 80s hair?