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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 63

An encouraging start

University of Dammam, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication25-Dec-2013

Correspondence Address:
Abdulaziz Al-Quorain
Prof. Hassan Bella, University of Dammam, P.O. Box 1982, Dammam 31441, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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DOI: 10.4103/1658-631X.123641

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Al-Quorain A, Bella H. An encouraging start. Saudi J Med Med Sci [serial online] 2013 [cited 2022 Jan 26];1:63. Available from: https://www.sjmms.net/text.asp?2013/1/2/63/123641

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