The Production and Inhibition of Action Currents by Alcohol

Abstract

Suitable concentrations of ethyl alcohol (1 to 1.5 M) applied to a spot on a cell of Nitella lower the P.D. enough to cause action currents. The alcohol then suppresses action currents arriving from other parts of the cell and acts as a block. After the alcohol is removed the normal P.D. and irritability return. Similar experiments on the sciatic nerve and skin of the frog produced only a negative result.

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@article{OsterhoutThePA, title={The Production and Inhibition of Action Currents by Alcohol}, author={W. J. V. Osterhout and Samuel E. Hill}, journal={The Journal of General Physiology}, volume={14}, pages={611 - 616} }