The impact of age on the epidemiology of incomplete abortions in South Africa after legislative change

@article{Jewkes2005TheIO,
  title={The impact of age on the epidemiology of incomplete abortions in South Africa after legislative change},
  author={Rachel Jewkes and Helen V Rees and Kim Eva Dickson and Heather C Brown and Jonathan Levin},
  journal={BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics \& Gynaecology},
  year={2005},
  volume={112}
}
  • R. Jewkes, H. Rees, J. Levin
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • Medicine, Political Science
  • BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
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