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September 17, 1997

Abortion and Reproductive Rights: A Comprehensive Guide to Medicine, Ethics and the Law

Author Affiliations

The Johns Hopkins University Georgetown University Law Center Washington, DC


by J. Douglas Butler, 1 CD-ROM, requirements: 486 PC/20MHz or greater, 8MB RAM, MSCDEX, version 2.2 or greater, MS Windows 3.1 with multimedia extensions or Windows 95, CD-ROM drive, SVGA display (640x480,256 colors), sound blaster, Pro or other 100% compatible card, mouse; documentation: one 8-pp user's guide; $495, updates planned; Westminster, Md, J. Douglas Butler, MD, 259 Stoner Ave, Billingslea Medical Building, Westminster, MD 21157, (410)857-4227 (fax), http://www.qis.net/~ butler; 1996.

JAMA. 1997;278(11):951-952. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550110089048

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