September 10, 1904

A Loose Standard of Measurement.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(11):747. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500110041016

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Toledo, Ohio, Sept. 3, 1904.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal for September 4 a writer says that a tumor was "about the size of the distal phalanx of an adult finger," and in the next paragraph he says a gland was "about the size of a marrowfat pea." I presume in the first instance that he refers to the finger as you see it, and not to the bone, because in somewhat awkward English he seems to say that the tumor was 5 cm. in length and 3½ cm. in breadth. It is quite likely that when boys the most of us helped to grow peas, but it is just as likely that the physician who now refers you to a marrowfat pea does so from boyhood memory, and for the last twenty years has not been able to tell one variety of pea from another. "Two feet—the length

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