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SI Units: Are They Really Useful?

SI Units: Are They Really Useful? Abstract Sir.—I appreciate that medical researchers, other scientists, and some medical specialists will find conversion to SI units useful.1 Certain of these units might even be adopted with little complaint from the average physician. However, it seems arbitrary to foist all these units off on the general public when 99.9% of the people will obtain no benefit and merely become confused. Calorie is a term that has become a part of our everyday language. Why substitute joule? The general public thinks that a joule is a gem. To avoid confusion, let the scientists adapt rather than vice versa. The same applies to gram and milligram, which the public has finally begun to understand and use to a limited extent. To introduce mole for mass measurement will cause confusion. The public thinks a mole is a nuisance that makes a mess of front lawns. There is no public benefit from References 1. Powsner ER: The SI for American medicine . AJDC 1986;140:97-99. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

SI Units: Are They Really Useful?

American Journal of Diseases of Children , Volume 140 (8) – Aug 1, 1986

SI Units: Are They Really Useful?

Abstract

Abstract Sir.—I appreciate that medical researchers, other scientists, and some medical specialists will find conversion to SI units useful.1 Certain of these units might even be adopted with little complaint from the average physician. However, it seems arbitrary to foist all these units off on the general public when 99.9% of the people will obtain no benefit and merely become confused. Calorie is a term that has become a part of our everyday language. Why substitute joule? The...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1986 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140220017002
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Abstract

Abstract Sir.—I appreciate that medical researchers, other scientists, and some medical specialists will find conversion to SI units useful.1 Certain of these units might even be adopted with little complaint from the average physician. However, it seems arbitrary to foist all these units off on the general public when 99.9% of the people will obtain no benefit and merely become confused. Calorie is a term that has become a part of our everyday language. Why substitute joule? The general public thinks that a joule is a gem. To avoid confusion, let the scientists adapt rather than vice versa. The same applies to gram and milligram, which the public has finally begun to understand and use to a limited extent. To introduce mole for mass measurement will cause confusion. The public thinks a mole is a nuisance that makes a mess of front lawns. There is no public benefit from References 1. Powsner ER: The SI for American medicine . AJDC 1986;140:97-99.

Journal

American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 1, 1986

References