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August 17, 1912

A Plan for the Adoption of the Metric System

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New Orleans

JAMA. 1912;LIX(7):562-563. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080244027

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To the Editor:  —The advantages of the metric system of weights and measures are so numerous and apparent that it may be considered almost an insult to a reader's intelligence to enumerate them, yet we are little nearer the realization of these benefits than we were when the system originated in the brain of the great prime minister of the First Empire.The system was made legal in France in 1801 and was made compulsory in 1840. It was made legal in England in 1864 and in the United States in 1866, yet it is not compulsory in either, and really amounts to little more than a hardship, an additional tax on the mentality of an already severely taxed professional and scientific world.The pharmacist with two systems, the avoirdupois and apothecaries', already contributing a full share to his confusion, finds himself burdened with a third. The medical student, often

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