Anorexia Multiforme: Self-Starvation in Historical and Cultural Context

  title={Anorexia Multiforme: Self-Starvation in Historical and Cultural Context},
  author={V F DiNicola},
  journal={Transcultural Psychiatry},
  pages={245 - 286}
  • V. DiNicola
  • Published 1 December 1990
  • Psychology
  • Transcultural Psychiatry
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