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September 25, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(13):1040-1041. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680130054020

One often hears the remark that science does not recognize the boundaries of nations and that men of science tend to develop an international outlook in their professional work. This is undoubtedly—and fortunately—true so far as the dissemination of knowledge of discoveries in science is concerned. The interchange of ideas, the explanation of new technic, and the descriptions of new products go on through the medium of scientific journals and congresses without regard to the frontiers that so often present barriers to the movement of persons or commodities. There are features of medical importance regarding which it is desirable that there shall be an internationally acceptable uniformity. This applies, for example, to various units of measurement, although agreement in this respect may merely mean convenience in practice. Pounds and kilograms, quarts and liters, grains and grams are readily convertible into each other by the application of simple arithmetic. On the

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