Except for units of body weight, length (height), and temperature, most units of measurement in American clinical medicine are metric units—in drug doses, in blood chemical values, and in physiological variables such as blood pressure. When the pound and ounce, the foot and inch, and the degree Fahrenheit have been abandoned for the kilogram, the metre, and the degree Celsius, our clinical medicine will be a metric medicine, with very few exceptions.
Medical metrication to this extent will be far from the coherent and internationally uniform metric system that has been recommended by the International General Conference of Weights and
H. E. SI for Metric Medicine?. Ann Intern Med. ;76:322–324. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-2-322
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(2):322-324.
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