Olfaction and schizophrenia clinical risk status: Just the facts

Neuropsychiatry Division, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Schizophrenia Research (Impact Factor: 4.43). 05/2012; 139(1-3):260-1; author reply 262-3. DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2012.04.016
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