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February 11, 1983

Clinical Dermatology: Diagnosis and Therapy of Common Skin Diseases

Author Affiliations

University of Missouri Health Sciences Center Columbia

JAMA. 1983;249(6):830. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330300088047

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