Dobson's Complaint: The Story of the Chester Porphyria

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7179.336a (Published 30 January 1999)
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  1. Helen Crimlisk, trainee in child psychiatry.
  1. University of Marburg, Germany

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    Ed Giles R Youngs

    Royal College of Physicians, £18.50, pp 200

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