Credibility battles in the autism litigation

  title={Credibility battles in the autism litigation},
  author={Anna Kirkland},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  pages={237 - 261}
  • A. Kirkland
  • Published 13 March 2012
  • Law
  • Social Studies of Science
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