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Francis L. Burnett, M.D.
JAMA. 1926;86(12):892-893. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670380082039.
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To the Editor:  —The comment on the use of the English weights and measures by Americans (The Journal, February 6) is timely and well taken. Foreign journals may well point out that physicians and scientific men would be even more appreciated abroad if the metric system were generally recognized in this country. But why comment when immediate and helpful action may be taken to bring about a universal standard? A bill (H. R. 10) has been introduced into the U. S. House of Representatives by Congressman Fred A. Britten of Illinois to extend the use of the metric weights and measures in merchandising after Jan. 1, 1935, and has recently been referred to the Committee on Coinage, Weights and Measures, of which Hon. Randolph Perkins of New Jersey is chairman. Letters written to the chairman and other members of the committee will undoubtedly aid in the passage of this bill.


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