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Sample of serotonin picrate, United States, 1948-1949

Sample of serotonin picrate, United States, 1948-1949

Credits: Science Museum

Serotonin was first isolated and described in 1948 by Maurice Rapport, Arda Green (1899-1958) and Irving Page (1901-1911) at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA. Serotonin is present in the brain, blood platelets and blood serum and causes contraction of muscles. Changing levels of serotonin are believed to affect a person’s mood. The compound is also a neurotransmitter, carrying nerve impulses across gaps in the nerves known as synapses. Serotonin has also been used to treat clinical depression. Maurice Rapport prepared this sample. It is shown here with similar examples of serotonin (1986-1956 and 1986-1957).

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Glossary: sample

Individual units, segments, or small quantities taken as evidence of the quality or character of the entire group or lot

Glossary: depression

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