In his youth, he served as an apprentice-pharmacist in the town of Seyne, while in the meantime studying plants native to the Alps. Up until 1799, he performed military service as a pharmacist third-class in Italy. He later studied medicine in Paris, and in 1805 began work as a pharmacist in the service of Emperor Napoleon. In this role, he served as director of the pharmacy at the Palace Saint-Cloud, a position he maintained during the reigns of Louis XVIII and Charles X.
In 1819 he became an assistant professor at the Ecole de Pharmacie de Paris, and in 1825 a professor of botany. From 1822 to 1830 he was a member of the Académie de Médecine.
Observations sur l'analyse des végétaux suivies d'un travail chimique sur les rhubarbe exotique et indigène, 1803 - Comments on botanical analysis, followed by chemical studies of exotic and native rhubarb.
Abrégé de médecine pratique, ou Manuel médical d'après les principes de la doctrine physiologique, 1832 - Medical manual on principles of physiological doctrine.
Nouveau Précis des maladies des enfans fondé sur la doctrine, 1833 - On childhood diseases based on physiological doctrine.
"This article incorporates translated text based from an equivalent article at the French Wikipedia, source listed as: Amédée Dechambre (1875). Dictionnaire encyclopédique des sciences médicales, tome dix-septième. G. Masson (Paris).