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[Gastrointestinal bleeding in infancy and childhood - Recommendation of the College of Paediatrics]

ARATÓ András, VERES Gábor, DEZSŐFI Antal

APRIL 21, 2006

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2006;16(04)

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