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Vine of soul: A phenomenological study of ayahuasca and its effect on depression

@inproceedings{Palladino2009VineOS,
  title={Vine of soul: A phenomenological study of ayahuasca and its effect on depression},
  author={Lisa Palladino},
  year={2009}
}
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