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May 31, 1890

To the Professions of Medicine and Pharmacy, and the Medical and Pharmaceutical Colleges of the United States and Canada.

Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C.

New York.

Washington, D. C. Committee A. A. A. Sc.

Pres. A. A. A. Sc.

JAMA. 1890;XIV(22):806-807. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410220034006

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Abstract

At the last meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, held at Toronto, Canada, September, 1889, the undersigned were appointed a committee to promote the use of the metric system of weights and measures among professional men, and especially to secure its more general adoption by the physicians and pharmacists, and the chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers of our country.

The metric weights and measures were legalized in this country by Congress in 1866, and are now in actual use by most students of natural history, by some scientific periodicals, by the graduates of our schools of civil and mining engineering, and especially by all scientists and chemists throughout the world, without regard to their mother tongue. It is nevertheless greatly to be regretted, that a large majority of our physicians, pharmacists and druggists, still continue to ignore its merits or discountenance its adoption.

The merits of the

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