CJF 90/10 INSERM belin at cimacpcu.univ-lyon1.fr
Thu Sep 22 03:57:41 EST 1994

In article <35kiee$lkc at jhunix1.hcf.jhu.edu>, dlweed at eureka.wbme.jhu.edu
(Diana Weedman) wrote:

> > >I'm learning how to dissect out the cortex of fetal mouse brains.
> > >I dissect the brains using 3cc Dumont forceps under a field microscope, and
> > >I'm having difficulty keeping my hands from shaking.  The shaking makes
> > >it difficult to peel off the meninges, and often the turns the brain into
> > >mush.
> > >        Does anyone know why the shaking occurs, and how it can be prevented?
> > >Is it likely to disappear as I become more skilled?  I've tried holding
> > >the forceps with a lighter grip but it doesn't seem to help.
> I have had the same problem - and I finally realized it directly correlated with
> the amount of caffeine I had had that day. I'm sure there could be many reasons
> for shaky hands, but you might try doing your dissection before your morning
> coffee/coke.
> -Diana Weedman
> Johns Hopkins Neurosci. Dept.

I do not drink coffee, but I also had trouble with shaking when
cathererizing rats. My answers are :
		Yes, it will improve with your skill,
		If you can, have your forearms against the table. This contact was very
helpfull to prevent me from shaking. 

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