Clinical Neuroscience

[Neurobehavioral assessment in the neonatal period - The impact of Ferenc Katona]

KARMEL Z. Bernard1, GARDNER M. Judith1

OCTOBER 10, 2005

Clinical Neuroscience - 2005;58(09-10)

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  1. Department of Infant Development, New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, Staten Island, New York

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