DOMESTIC MEASURES OF DOSAGE
On account of the ignorance of the average layman in regard to weights and measures, it is customary to direct patients to employ, for the administration of medicines, domestic measures with which they are familiar, such as:Because of greater convenience in calculation of metric quantities, it is admissible to consider the teaspoonful 5 cc. and the tablespoonful 15 cc. In view of the variability of all these measures, this is quite as correct as figuring on a 4 cc. teaspoonful, an 8 cc. dessertspoonful and a 16 cc. tablespoonful, or a wineglassful at 60 cc. and a cupful at 120 cc., as is done when one uses the old system of weights and measures. In view of this inexactness of the domestic measures, it would be desirable to have them replaced by graduated medicine glasses.The size of the dose of the finished medicine, whether
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