Searching the Literature Using Medical Subject Headings versus Text Word with PubMed

  title={Searching the Literature Using Medical Subject Headings versus Text Word with PubMed},
  author={Angela A. Chang and Karen M. Heskett and Terence M. Davidson},
  journal={The Laryngoscope},
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