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December 1, 1989

Geriatric Dermatology: Clinical Diagnosis and Practical Therapy

Author Affiliations

School of Medicine University of Missouri—Columbia

School of Medicine University of Missouri—Columbia

JAMA. 1989;262(21):3065-3066. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430210107046

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