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June 1986

The International System of Units (Système International)

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1986;112(6):609. doi:10.1001/archotol.1986.03780060021001

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The world is continuing to shrink each day as the volume of communication between physicians and scientists around the globe increases. The impact of the growing exchange of spoken and printed information among physicians has been enormous, and the results have been very helpful for our patients. Facial bone plating procedures, endoscopic sinus surgery, and a multichannel implantable cochlear prosthesis are but three examples of areas that have benefited greatly from the international exchange of ideas and experience.

The Système International (SI) will assure that the exchange of important new scientific information takes place without misunderstanding or a "breakdown in communication" that could prove to be disastrous in our clinical practice. It is for these reasons that a decision has been made to move ahead with the conversion to SI units. We appreciate that this complex change will not occur quickly or easily, but it must occur, and each of

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