He studied medicine at the University of Heidelberg, where under the guidance of Friedrich Tiedemann (1781-1861), he learned anatomy and physiology. For several years at Heidelberg, he served as an anatomical prosector. Working with cadavers, he mastered a process that involved injecting the lymphatic system with mercury. In 1827, he replaced Jean-Nicolas Comhaire (1778-1837) as professor of anatomy at the University of Liège.
- Anatomische Untersuchungen über die Verbindungen der Saugadern mit den Venen, 1821 - Anatomical studies involving connection of the lymphatics with the veins.
- Das Saugadersystem der Wirbelthiere, 1827 - The lymphatic system of vertebrates.