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Clinical approach 

Clinical approach
Chapter:
Clinical approach
Author(s):

Christopher J. Ellis

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070201_update_001

August 28, 2014: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

Update:

Chapter reviewed, minor editorial amendments.

Updated on 31 May 2012. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 21 October 2017

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