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Factitial panniculitis induced by cupping and acupuncture.

Department of Dermatology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Cutis; cutaneous medicine for the practitioner (Impact Factor: 0.82). 05/1995; 55(4):217-8.
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