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February 8, 1995

The Pharmacologic Approach to the Critically III Patient

Author Affiliations

Wayne State University Detroit Receiving Hospital Detroit, Mich

JAMA. 1995;273(6):507-508. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520300081047

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