The medicalisation of old age

  title={The medicalisation of old age},
  author={Shah Ebrahim},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
  pages={861 - 863}
  • S. Ebrahim
  • Published 13 April 2002
  • Medicine, Political Science
  • BMJ : British Medical Journal
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