Science, pseudoscience and Sellick

  • J. Roger Maltby
  • Michael T. Beriault

Science, pseudoscience et Sellick


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiaFoothills Medical CentreCalgaryCanada

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