A Brief History of the Changing Occupations and Demographics of Coleopterists from the 18th Through the 20th Century

  title={A Brief History of the Changing Occupations and Demographics 
of Coleopterists from the 18th Through the 20th Century},
  author={Scott A. Elias},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • S. Elias
  • Published 2014
  • History, Medicine
  • Journal of the History of Biology
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