The biology of hair follicles.

Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Eppendorf, University of Hamburg, Germany.
New England Journal of Medicine (Impact Factor: 54.42). 09/1999; 341(7):491-7. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM199908123410706
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