Lege Artis Medicinae

[Sustainable Healthcare Elemér Bugovics: Sustainable Healthcare, or the Pathology of Healthcare]

FRENKL Róbert

FEBRUARY 21, 2006

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2006;16(02)

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