1. In Mnemiopsis veratrin shows two stages of veratrin poisoning. First, inhibition of the beats of the plates which disappears on cutting them away either singly or in small groups. Second, after half an hour mechanical stimulation excites the beat of the plates in the intact veratrinized animal. It is concluded that veratrin acts on nervous tissue and not on the substance of the swimming plates.
2. In Lumbricus, veratrin acts on the ventral nerve cord alone, and not on the muscles and peripheral nerves.
3. In Musca, veratrin first causes opisthotonos, then spasms and extreme flexion of the legs. Decapitation causes these effects to disappear hence veratrin acts on the cerebral ganglia of the fly.
4. Veratrin applied to the sciatic nerve of the frog causes, after a latent period of 20 minutes, irregular contractions of the gastrocnemius which persist for an hour or more. Veratrin is thus a neurophil alkaloid of the first class as well as second and in this way resembles tetraethyl ammonium chloride.
5. If the end of a sciatic nerve is dipped into veratrin solution, then direct stimulation of the gastrocnemius muscle results in contraction with delayed relaxation, although the muscle itself is not subject to the action of veratrin.
6. By means of preparations of the sartorius muscle of the frog it is shown that veratrin acts not on the muscle cells directly but on the nerve fibers. Hence veratrin produces the characteristic muscle curve showing delayed relaxation by its action on the nervous elements.