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January 2018

Combating the Spread of Ineffective Medical Procedures: A Lesson Learned From Multiple Sclerosis

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Weill Institute for Neurosciences, San Francisco, California
  • 3Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 4Associate Editor, JAMA Neurology
  • 5Brain and Mind Research Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • 6Department of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • 7Editor, JAMA Neurology
JAMA Neurol. 2018;75(1):15-17. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.3066

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