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Some aspects of medical journalism are done for the right reasons but are nevertheless troublesome for readers. Two examples are the use of SI units (le Système internationale d'Unités) and generic drug names. SI units are the standard in nearly all the world's medical journals, yet they are still unfamiliar to many U.S. physicians, who carry in their heads a set of more traditional units, painstakingly built up over years of training and medical practice. Generic names are recognized as the proper way to describe drugs in scholarly work, yet many physicians in practice are more familiar with brand names.
Making It Easier. Ann Intern Med. ;117:87. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-1-87_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(1):87.
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