Have you ever wondered what British colonists in New England used for medicine? Learn about some of the popular theories of the causes of illness as well as some common illnesses and treatments, including the roles of food, herbs, bleeding, cupping, blistering, purging, religion, astrology and superstition. Examples of some of the treatments will be presented and their efficacy discussed. This talk will help genealogists place the role of health and medicine in their colonial ancestor’s life into perspective.
Lori Lyn Price, MAS, MLA, has worked on her personal genealogy for 20 years and recently completed a master’s degree in history with an emphasis on history of medicine. She loves sharing her passion for social history, genealogy, and bringing ancestors to life by placing them in historical and social context. More information about Lori can be found at www.bridgingthepast.com.