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December 11, 1943


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1401 Arch Street, Philadelphia.

JAMA. 1943;123(15):989. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840500053022

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To the Editor:—  In the December 4 issue of The Journal was an article by the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry on the use of the metric system. This is a most interesting article and I hope that it receives the attention it deserves. The metric system represents a standard which can be used and understood in every civilized country by every profession. It is one of the few scientific things that practically all professions can have in common.As a civil engineer, I am in favor of the adoption in this country of the metric system in the engineering field. Experience in this and other systems, in this country and in Central and South America, has convinced me that a country as great as ours cannot cling much longer to "horse and buggy" standards, especially now that we are rapidly assuming a leading place in international affairs. China is

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