Psychiatry, postmodernism and postnormal science.

  title={Psychiatry, postmodernism and postnormal science.},
  author={Richard Laugharne and Jonathan D. E. Laugharne},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine},
  volume={95 4},
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  • Philosophy
    The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
  • 1997
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