A method for obtaining delay histograms for the time course of neurotransmitter release is presented. The delay histogram is derived from the measured psc (or the sum of several psc's) and the mpsc (obtained experimentally or otherwise) by means of a simple, quick, mathematical procedure. The procedure may be automated for the greater part. No approximation of the mpsc shape is performed, and the method is applicable to all quantal contents. For low and medium quantal contents, the delay histograms obtained by the method are compared to those obtained by direct analysis. A reasonable agreement is achieved. An experiment of high quantal content, for which direct analysis is impossible, is then analysed using the new method. Difficulties which may arise when applying the procedure and methods to overcome them are discussed at length. Other methods are set forth in the Discussion.