Triumph or Pyrrhic Victory? The Inclusion of Culture in DSM‐IV

  title={Triumph or Pyrrhic Victory? The Inclusion of Culture in DSM‐IV},
  author={Arthur M. Kleinman},
  journal={Harvard Review of Psychiatry},
  • A. Kleinman
  • Published 1 March 1997
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Harvard Review of Psychiatry
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