Race, Ethnicity, and Pain Treatment: Striving to Understand the Causes and Solutions to the Disparities in Pain Treatment

@article{Bonham2001RaceEA,
  title={Race, Ethnicity, and Pain Treatment: Striving to Understand the Causes and Solutions to the Disparities in Pain Treatment},
  author={Vence L Bonham},
  journal={The Journal of Law, Medicine \& Ethics},
  year={2001},
  volume={28},
  pages={52 - 68}
}
  • V. Bonham
  • Published 2001
  • Medicine
  • The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
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