The bandwagon effect

  title={The bandwagon effect},
  author={Layton F. Rikkers},
  journal={Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery},
  • L. Rikkers
  • Published 1 November 2002
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

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