Discover History Month: how did colonials live with yellow fever, small pox, scarlet fever?

Colonial medicine talk at Camden Public Library

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    CAMDEN — “Discover History Month” at the Camden Public Library kicks off on Tuesday, October 1, at 7 p.m., with a presentation on Colonial Medicine by nurse practitioner and historical reenactor Jackie Fournier.

    Fournier will explore the history of medicine from Stone Age skull surgery through the advancements of the 18th century.

    Fournier uses her background in healthcare to bring perspective to how diseases like yellow fever, small pox, scarlet fever, typhoid fever, and consumption affected the lives of everyday Colonial Americans, as well as those serving in the military.

    The presentation will cover various treatments and approaches to healthcare during the 18th century, as well as introduce the audience to famous foremothers and forefathers of colonial medicine.

    Jackie Fournier is a nurse practitioner with more than 30 years of hospice and palliative care experience. She currently works as a palliative care nurse practitioner with Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice and provides consultation within the hospital, outpatient oncology clinic, and in the community setting. As an educator, she has taught communities of physicians, nurses and the public within Maine and throughout the nation.

    During the summer, Fournier serves a volunteer historic interpreter at Old Fort Western in Augusta — America’s oldest surviving wooden fort, according to the Library, in a news release.

    Mark your calendars for additional talks in the library’s Discover History Series: Michael Dekker presents Madockawando to Knox—Early Power-players of Midcoast Maine on October 10, at 7 p.m.; Julia Friese Pierce presents Living in 1628—Colonial House on PBS on October 22, at 7 p.m.; Professor Liam Riordan presents Brainstorming the State Bicentennial Past and Present Perspectives on Maine at 200 on October 29, at 2 p.m.

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    Event Date: 

    Tue, 10/01/2019 - 7:00pm

    Event Location: 

    Camden Public Library


    55 Main Street
    Camden  Maine
    United States