The saga of brucellosis: controversy over credit for linking Malta fever with goats' milk

  title={The saga of brucellosis: controversy over credit for linking Malta fever with goats' milk},
  author={DJ Vassallo},
  journal={The Lancet},
  • D. Vassallo
  • Published 21 September 1996
  • Medicine, Geography
  • The Lancet
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