Psychiatric therapy in Georgian Britain

  title={Psychiatric therapy in Georgian Britain},
  author={Paul Laffey},
  journal={Psychological Medicine},
  pages={1285 - 1297}
  • P. Laffey
  • Published 25 September 2003
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychological Medicine
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