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Conventional Units and SI Units in JAMA and the Archives Journals  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.021.260
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In the United States, most physicians and other health care professionals use conventional units for most commonly encountered clinical measurements (eg, blood pressure), and most clinical laboratories ... More

Solutions and Concentration  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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2007
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2009
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.567
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A molar solution contains 1 mol (1 g molecular weight) of solute in 1 L of solution. The SI style for reporting molar solutions is mol/L; for solutions with millimolar concentrations, mmol/L is used; ... More

Energy  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

Print Publication Year: 
2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.568
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The calorie is the unit of measure often used in chemistry and biochemistry for reporting heat energy. A value of 1 calorie is the amount of energy (heat) required to raise the temperature of 1 g of pure ... More

Currency  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

Print Publication Year: 
2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.572
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Amounts of money in US, Canadian, and British currency are expressed as a decimal number or whole number preceded by the symbol for the unit of measure for the currency.The cost-effectiveness analysis ... More

Laboratory Values  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.570
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UPDATE: We will discontinue using quotation marks to identify parts of an article, but retain the capitalization; eg, This is discussed in the Methods section (not the “Methods” section). This change ... More

Radiation  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

Print Publication Year: 
2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.571
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UPDATE: We will discontinue using quotation marks to identify parts of an article, but retain the capitalization; eg, This is discussed in the Methods section (not the “Methods” section). This change ... More

Length, Area, Volume, Mass  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

Print Publication Year: 
2007
Published Online: 
2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.561
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Measurements of length, area, volume, and mass are reported by means of metric units rather than English units (Table ). In less formal, nonscientific texts such as essays, use of nonmetric units, such ... More

Time  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

Print Publication Year: 
2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.563
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The SI unit for time is the second, although minute, hour, and day also are used. Other units of time, such as week, month, and year, are not part of the SI but also are used. The abbreviations for minute, ... More

Temperature  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

Print Publication Year: 
2007
Published Online: 
2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.562
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The Celsius scale (°C) is used for temperature measurement rather than the base SI unit for temperature, the kelvin (K), which has little application in medicine. Although both kelvin and Celsius scales ... More

Visual Acuity  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

Print Publication Year: 
2007
Published Online: 
2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.564
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Visual acuity should be reported on the basis of how the measurement was determined. For example, using the Snellen fraction with English units, 20/20 or 20/100 indicates that the person being evaluated ... More

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