Lege Artis Medicinae

[To do business or not to do business... Is that the question?]

GYENES Géza

APRIL 28, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(04)

[A wild, stormy night raged along the southwest coast of the New Hebrides. The gloomy cliffs braved the sea's renewed onslaught, sometimes lost among the darkly churning wave crests. Otherwise, the above was of no particular significance for our story, which took place not on the south-western shores of the New Hebrides but in Hungary, although it is true that the weather conditions there were not very good at the time.]

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