Lege Artis Medicinae

[New features of medical press]

DÖRNYEI Sándor

DECEMBER 25, 1991

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1991;1(18)

[The political and economic, social and cultural transformation of our country has not left the medical press untouched. The changes in the content and personnel of the editorial staff can only be evaluated on the basis of a very in-depth analysis, so in the following we will only try to summarize a few striking, new, "external" phenomena and trends of change. ]

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