Furchgott’s sandwich

Robert F Furchgott showed that acetylcholine-induced relaxation of blood vessels was dependent on the endothelium. His “sandwich” experiment set the stage for future scientific development. He used two different pieces of the aorta; one had the endothelial layer intact, in the other it had been removed.

To cite this section
MLA style: Furchgott’s sandwich. NobelPrize.org. Nobel Prize Outreach AB 2023. Sun. 24 Sep 2023. <https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/medicine/1998/7551-furchgotts-sandwich/>

Back to top Back To Top Takes users back to the top of the page

Coming up

This year’s Nobel Prize announcements will take place 2–9 October. All announcements will be streamed live here on nobelprize.org.

See the full schedule
Announcement dates

Explore prizes and laureates

Look for popular awards and laureates in different fields, and discover the history of the Nobel Prize.