Reflexology for Symptom Relief in Patients With Cancer

@article{Wilkinson2008ReflexologyFS,
  title={Reflexology for Symptom Relief in Patients With Cancer},
  author={Susie Wilkinson and Karen Lockhart and Maureen Gambles and Lesley Storey},
  journal={Cancer Nursing},
  year={2008},
  volume={31},
  pages={354-360}
}
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