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December 4, 1943

Current Comment

JAMA. 1943;123(14):905-906. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840490033015

THE METRIC SYSTEM  Attention is called to the announcement elsewhere in this issue (p. 900) that future editions of New and Nonofficial Remedies, Useful Drugs, the Epitome of the U. S. Pharmacopeia and National Formulary and Interns' Manual (with the consent of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals) as well as other Council publications, will give quantities and dosages exclusively in the metric system. This step is in harmony with the growing and current practice of prescribing vitamins, hormones and sulfonamide preparations. The Council's concise historical presentation of the units of measure formerly in common use emphasizes the value of adopting a uniform method of presenting quantities and dosages. While daily living may have been governed for many years by grains and barley corns, the kingly nose and regal thumb, and the combined length of the left feet of "sixteen men who lined up heel to toe as they