FREDDY EPSTEIN, M.D.
To the editor: We are obliged to this journal for its recent unsolicited testimonial to the elegance and utility of the metric system. Unsolicited, for one fails to see why Mr. Raichlen's unfortunate diction (Ann Intern Med 85:827, 1976) transported the editor to such an excess of advocacy for metrication. "Lean body mass" is preferred; nevertheless, one is still obliged to come to grips with both notions, inertial mass and gravitational force (weight), whether they present themselves in the metric, Gaussian, or English engineering systems-cast, respectively, in kilograms and newtons, grams and dynes, or slugs and pounds. There is no
EPSTEIN F. Weight, Mass, and Pedantry. Ann Intern Med. ;86:510–511. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-4-510_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(4):510-511.
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