What do starving people eat? The case of Greece through oral history

  title={What do starving people eat? The case of Greece through oral history},
  author={Violetta Hionidou},
  journal={Continuity and Change},
  pages={113 - 134}
  • V. Hionidou
  • Published 19 April 2011
  • Medicine
  • Continuity and Change
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