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July 30, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(5):158-159. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400040030012

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Dear Sir:  On May 8, 1872, it was resolved in the Section on Materia Medica and Chemistry "that the inclusion of the decigram and of the cubic centimetre in the list of officinal weights and measures is considered as desirable, and tending to the advance of medical science." On May 5, 1875, the American Medical Association adopted a resolution offered by Dr. Seguin, to appoint delegates to advocate in Europe the unity of clinical observation—to invite European societies to concert a plan of uniformity of methods, instruments, scales, and records of clinical observation. The plan embraced the unity of clinical thermometers, thermometric scales, charts, etc., a uniform graduation of the sphygmograph, myograph, spyrograph, æthesiometer, dynamometer, globulimeter, ophthalmoscope, thermoscope and other instruments of precision used in diagnosis, etc. On June 7, 1876, Dr. Seguin, in his report, in the name of the commission appointed the year before, says: This is not

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