The Rabbit Lumbrical: a New Isolated Mammalian Nerve–Muscle Preparation


THE rat diaphragm phrenic nerve preparation1 enabled mammalian muscle to be studied under precise conditions of drug and ion concentration, but is insensitive to decamethonium (C10). The object of this communication is to describe a new isolated mammalian nerve–muscle preparation which does not suffer from this disadvantage. Several muscles in the feet of rabbits and cats are suitable; but the medial lumbrical of the rabbit's hind foot has been found most satisfactory. It is usually about 18 mm. long and 1 mm. in diameter under physiological tension.

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.


  1. 1

    Bulbring, E., Brit. J. Pharmacol., 1, 38 (1946).

Download references

Author information

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

JENDEN, D., KAMIJO, K. & TAYLOR, D. The Rabbit Lumbrical: a New Isolated Mammalian Nerve–Muscle Preparation. Nature 168, 880–881 (1951).

Download citation


By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.