Andrea Franzoni is a PhD student in Early Modern History at the University of Verona. His doctoral research project is entitled “The Midwifery Trade between the 17th and 18th Century: Medical Knowledge, Female Writings, and Common Practices”, which is co-directed by professors Andrea Carlino (Institute for Ethics, History, and the Humanities) and Marina Garbellotti (University of Verona).
He graduated from the University of Trento with a master’s degree in Historical Studies (2020). His thesis, “The Profession of Midwife between Norm and Practice in the Early Modern Age”, focuses on the analysis of the midwifery trade in the Italian medical treatises and in the archival documents concerning the obstetrics schools of 18th century.
Combining the history of medicine and gender history, his doctoral research project considers a comparative study of a selected collection of medical treatises concerning midwifery, written between the 17th and 18th century. Starting from the analysis of these documents, the aim is to highlight the vocabulary and rhetoric used by midwives especially upon addressing their female trainees.
From the analysis of the written medical treaties, the final objective is to shed some light on multiple aspects of the history of midwifery between the 17th and 18th century and the building of said medical knowledge, maintaining a point of view both theoretical and practical.