Medicine: Hard-Boiled Nerves

Hard-Boiled Nerves

Like a crescent moon through a fog, the tenuous edge of a great physiological discovery appeared at Cornell University last week. Professor Wilder Dwight Bancroft, authoritative student of colloid chemistry, and Dr. G. Holmes Richter, research fellow, have been using an ultramicroscope on living sensory nerves.

They have seen anesthetics making the water-clear nerve cells become first cloudy, then coagulated like the white of a hard-boiled egg. When the anesthetic wears off, the nerve cells resume their original water-clearness. Alcohol affects the nerves...

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