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The Vater-Pacinian Corpuscle in the Skin of the Human Finger Tip

The Vater-Pacinian Corpuscle in the Skin of the Human Finger Tip Abstract The diagram of the Vater-Pacinian corpuscle reproduced in many textbooks has given the impression that this body is a simple, oval mass consisting of concentric lamellae within which a nerve passes directly from pole to pole and ends in a knob-shaped termination. The classic features of the endorgan, as pictured by Ramón-Cajal, are shown in Figure 1. This view has been universally accepted, and nowhere in the literature of the past 50 years is there evidence that this representation is not totally accurate. During recent work by one of us (Winkelmann1) it became apparent that the corpuscle in the prepuce of the newborn human was complex, the commonest form being coiled or arcuate. On the basis of these observations, it was decided to evaluate the form of the Vater-Pacinian corpuscle in a characteristic location and reinterpret the classic diagram of this body. REVIEW OF References 1. Winkelmann, R. K.: The Cutaneous Innervation of Human Newborn Prepuce , J. Invest. Dermat. , to be published. 2. Henle, F. G. J., and Kölliker, A.: Über die Pacinischen Körperchen an den Nerven des Menschen und der Säugethiere , Zürich, Meyer u. Zeller, 1844. 3. Herbst, G.: Die Pacinischen Körper und ihre Bedeutung: Ein Beitrag zur Kenntniss der Nervenprimitivfasern , Göttingen, Vandenhoeck u. Ruprecht, 1848. 4. Krause, W.: Die terminalen Körperchen der einfach sensiblen Nerven , Hannover, Hahn, 1860. 5. Rauber, A.: Untersuchungen über das Vorkommen und die Bedeutung der Vater'schen Körper , München, C. Fritsch, 1867. 6. Schwalbe, G. A.: Lehrbuch der Anatomie der Sinnesorgane , Erlangen, E. Besold, 1885. 7. Timofeew, D.: Über eine besondere Art von eingekapselten Nervenendigungen in den männlichen Geschlechtsorganen bei Säugetieren , Anat. Anz. 11:44-49 ( (Aug.) ) 1896. 8. Sala, G.: Untersuchungen über die Structur der Pacini'schen Körperchen , Anat. Anz. 16:193-196 ( (July) ) 1899. 9. Dogiel, A. S.: Über die Nervenendapparate in der Haut des Menschen , Ztschr. wissensch. Zool. 75:46-111, 1903. 10. Levi, S.: Osservazioni sullo sviluppo delle terminazioni nervose intraepiteliali, corpuscoli del Meissner e corpuscoli del Pacini , Arch. ital. anat. e embriol. 32:149-170, 1933. 11. Schaefer, E. A., and Thane, G. D., Editors: Quain's Anatomy , London, Longmans, Green & Company, 1898, Vol. 1, Pt. (2) . 12. Stöhr, P.: Text-Book of Histology , Ed. 3, Philadelphia, P. Blakiston's Son & Company, 1900. 13. Böhm, A. A., and von Davidoff, M.: A Text-Book of Histology, Including Microscopic Technic , Ed. 2, Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders Company, 1904. 14. Piersol, G. A.: Normal Histology: With Special Reference to the Structure of the Human Body , Ed. 12, Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1920. 15. Lewis, F. T., and Bremer, J. L.: A Text-book of Histology , Philadelphia, P. Blakiston's Son & Company, 1927. 16. Ramón-Cajal, S.: Histology , Baltimore, William Wood & Company, 1933. 17. Clark, W. E. L.: The Tissues of the Body: An Introduction to the Study of Anatomy , New York, Oxford University Press, 1939. 18. Stöhr, P.: Lehrbuch der Histologie und der mikroskopischen Anatomie des Menschen , Ed. 24, Jena, Gustav Fischer, 1940. 19. Nonidez, J. F., and Windle, W. F.: Textbook of Histology , Ed. 2, New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1953. 20. Foley, J. O.: A Protargol Method for Staining Nerve Fibers in Frozen or Celloidin Sections , Stain Technol. 18:27-33 ( (Jan.) ) 1943. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png A.M.A. Archives of Dermatology American Medical Association

The Vater-Pacinian Corpuscle in the Skin of the Human Finger Tip

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Abstract The diagram of the Vater-Pacinian corpuscle reproduced in many textbooks has given the impression that this body is a simple, oval mass consisting of concentric lamellae within which a nerve passes directly from pole to pole and ends in a knob-shaped termination. The classic features of the endorgan, as pictured by Ramón-Cajal, are shown in Figure 1. This view has been universally accepted, and nowhere in the literature of the past 50 years is there evidence that this representation is not totally accurate. During recent work by one of us (Winkelmann1) it became apparent that the corpuscle in the prepuce of the newborn human was complex, the commonest form being coiled or arcuate. On the basis of these observations, it was decided to evaluate the form of the Vater-Pacinian corpuscle in a characteristic location and reinterpret the classic diagram of this body. REVIEW OF References 1. Winkelmann, R. K.: The Cutaneous Innervation of Human Newborn Prepuce , J. Invest. Dermat. , to be published. 2. Henle, F. G. J., and Kölliker, A.: Über die Pacinischen Körperchen an den Nerven des Menschen und der Säugethiere , Zürich, Meyer u. Zeller, 1844. 3. Herbst, G.: Die Pacinischen Körper und ihre Bedeutung: Ein Beitrag zur Kenntniss der Nervenprimitivfasern , Göttingen, Vandenhoeck u. Ruprecht, 1848. 4. Krause, W.: Die terminalen Körperchen der einfach sensiblen Nerven , Hannover, Hahn, 1860. 5. Rauber, A.: Untersuchungen über das Vorkommen und die Bedeutung der Vater'schen Körper , München, C. Fritsch, 1867. 6. Schwalbe, G. A.: Lehrbuch der Anatomie der Sinnesorgane , Erlangen, E. Besold, 1885. 7. Timofeew, D.: Über eine besondere Art von eingekapselten Nervenendigungen in den männlichen Geschlechtsorganen bei Säugetieren , Anat. Anz. 11:44-49 ( (Aug.) ) 1896. 8. Sala, G.: Untersuchungen über die Structur der Pacini'schen Körperchen , Anat. Anz. 16:193-196 ( (July) ) 1899. 9. Dogiel, A. S.: Über die Nervenendapparate in der Haut des Menschen , Ztschr. wissensch. Zool. 75:46-111, 1903. 10. Levi, S.: Osservazioni sullo sviluppo delle terminazioni nervose intraepiteliali, corpuscoli del Meissner e corpuscoli del Pacini , Arch. ital. anat. e embriol. 32:149-170, 1933. 11. Schaefer, E. A., and Thane, G. D., Editors: Quain's Anatomy , London, Longmans, Green & Company, 1898, Vol. 1, Pt. (2) . 12. Stöhr, P.: Text-Book of Histology , Ed. 3, Philadelphia, P. Blakiston's Son & Company, 1900. 13. Böhm, A. A., and von Davidoff, M.: A Text-Book of Histology, Including Microscopic Technic , Ed. 2, Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders Company, 1904. 14. Piersol, G. A.: Normal Histology: With Special Reference to the Structure of the Human Body , Ed. 12, Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1920. 15. Lewis, F. T., and Bremer, J. L.: A Text-book of Histology , Philadelphia, P. Blakiston's Son & Company, 1927. 16. Ramón-Cajal, S.: Histology , Baltimore, William Wood & Company, 1933. 17. Clark, W. E. L.: The Tissues of the Body: An Introduction to the Study of Anatomy , New York, Oxford University Press, 1939. 18. Stöhr, P.: Lehrbuch der Histologie und der mikroskopischen Anatomie des Menschen , Ed. 24, Jena, Gustav Fischer, 1940. 19. Nonidez, J. F., and Windle, W. F.: Textbook of Histology , Ed. 2, New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1953. 20. Foley, J. O.: A Protargol Method for Staining Nerve Fibers in Frozen or Celloidin Sections , Stain Technol. 18:27-33 ( (Jan.) ) 1943.

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A.M.A. Archives of DermatologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Feb 1, 1956

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