Biography of Antonin Poncet
Antonin Poncet studied medicine in Lyon, where he was an Interne des hôpitaux. He participated in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871) as a member of the Lyons Ambulance under Louis Xavier Édouard Léopold Ollier (1830-1900) and Lucien Laroyenne (1831-1902). In 1878 he became a member of the surgical section of the Lyon faculty of medicine. In 1880 he visited England to study the antiseptic methods of Joseph Lister. He assumed the chair of operative medicine in 1883, and later, following the death of Léon Tripier (1842-1899), also that of clinical surgery.
Poncet had an ambitious approach to academic teaching and during his time the faculty in Lyon enjoyed a considerable upswing. He is particularly remembered for introducing, with Ollier, aseptic techniques at the Hôtel-Dieu in Lyon. He devised an operation for bladder stone, and his operation for appendectomy still bears his name.