Lege Artis Medicinae

[Introducing the PSP]

LENGYEL Gábor

JANUARY 27, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(01)

[Postsynaptic Potential (PSP) is the journal of the Student Council of the University of St. George Albert Medical School. The predecessor of the newspaper was the KISZ organ "Synapsis", hence the name, which some people might find strange. The predecessor was nothing more than a 16-page publication of well-typed pages, in which the reader could not find any graphics even with a magnifying glass, except for the symbol of the KISZ Committee on the front page... ]

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