The Role of Local Knowledge in Medical Practice: A Trans-historical Perspective

  title={The Role of Local Knowledge in Medical Practice: A Trans-historical Perspective},
  author={Josep M Comelles},
  journal={Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry},
  • J. Comelles
  • Published 1 March 2000
  • Sociology
  • Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
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