Revisiting the Anakin Skywalker diagnostic: Transcending the diagnostic criteria

Medicine Molecular Program, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Electronic address: .
Psychiatry research 02/2012; 198(1):179. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2011.07.024
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