Explore the history of medicine from Stone Age skull surgery through the 18th century with nurse practitioner and historical reenactor Jackie Fournier. 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. Fournier’s presentation will cover the 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 over 30 years of hospice and palliative care experience. She currently works as a palliative care nurse practitioner with Androscoggin home health and hospice and provides consultation within the hospital, out patient oncology clinic, and in the community setting. Fournier is also a proud graduate of Harvard’s Palliative Care Education and Practice program. 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, Maine — America’s oldest surviving wooden fort.