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Imperial should have gone with empire

Regarding Dr Rachel Pryke's letter about weighing scales that only give metric readings (Letters, 11 January), what I find irritating is that in this country we try and run two systems.

If we had adopted the metric system when it was introduced in the early 70s, and consigned the imperial system to history along with the empire, then nobody would be talking about feet, stones and pints now.

We changed the currency and nobody asks to pay in crowns and shillings. Working in two systems is time wasting and doctors should be encouraging the use of the one (metric) system.

Dr Tim Binmore, Newcastle upon Tyne

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