George N. Giacoppe Jr, MD, CPT, MC
To the Editor: Having grown up in the era of metric units, I am pleased to see that medical literature is finally adopting SI units (le Système internationale d'Unités). It is especially fitting now that research has clearly become more international, with workers from many countries often laboring on the same projects simultaneously.
Problems always emerge with any attempt at modernization, however, including the chance that those unfamiliar with the new systems will be left behind. This particular problem surfaced for me after reading the article (1) on methy!prednisolone therapy in alcoholic hepatitis by Carithers and colleagues. The study design,
Giacoppe GN. SI and Presently Conventional Units. Ann Intern Med. ;111:259. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-3-259_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(3):259.
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