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[Not a crying word in the wilderness]

ANDRÁS László

OCTOBER 27, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(10)

[According to Gyula Kincses, chairman of the Reform Committee of the Ministry of Public Welfare, the three-day meeting of the College of Gastroenterology held in Dávod Püspökpuszta, Hotel Fortuna, in mid-August, under ideal conditions, was exemplary and even historic.]

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