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Medical discoveries in the ghettos: the anti-typhus battle.

  title={Medical discoveries in the ghettos: the anti-typhus battle.},
  author={G. M. Weisz and Andrzej Grzybowski},
  journal={The Israel Medical Association journal : IMAJ},
  volume={13 5},

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