Théorie Positive l’Ovulation Spontanée de la Fécondation des Mammifères et de l’Espèce Humaine, basée sur l’observation de toute la série animale.
[Two Volumes: Text plus Atlas / Texte et Atlas]. Paris, J.-B. Baillière, 1847. 23,5 cm x 31 cm. Texte: XXXVI, 479 pp. / Atlas: 30 pp. texte et 20 planches chromolithographiques [With atlas volume bound in the original printed boards, twenty chromolithographic plates, one fold-out, and tissue guards]. Atlas: Reliure original / Original Hardcover / Text-Volume: Library-Binding. Binding stained and corners rubbed. Some foxing thoughout the text-volume. Slight water damage to some of the text pages.
Félix-Archimède Pouchet (August 26, 1800, in Rouen, France to December 6, 1872) was a French naturalist and a leading proponent of spontaneous generation of life from non-living materials, and as such an opponent of Louis Pasteur’s germ theory. He was the father of Georges Pouchet (1833–1894), a professor of comparative anatomy.
From 1828 he was director of the Rouen Museum of Natural History and the Rouen Jardin des Plantes. Later, in 1838, he became professor at the School of Medicine at Rouen. His major scientific work Hétérogénie was published in 1859. He also wrote a layperson’s encyclopedia The Universe, published in 1870, which gives an overview of the sciences, but in which Pouchet ridicules Louis Pasteur’s theories (calling them panspermism) and atomic theory.
In 1847 Felix-Archimede Pouchet effectively launched the study of the physiology of cytology. (Wikipedia).