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Pitfalls with Smartphones in Medicine

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This article was supported by the Canada Research Chair in Medical Decision Science. The funding agency had no role in the design, analysis, or decision to publish the findings. We thank Irfan Dhalla, John Staples, and Christopher Yarnell for helpful comments on specific points.

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Redelmeier, D.A., Detsky, A.S. Pitfalls with Smartphones in Medicine. J GEN INTERN MED 28, 1260–1263 (2013).

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