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Rectal prolapse: a historical perspective.

Department of Colorectal Surgery, Digestive Disease Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, USA.
Current problems in surgery (Impact Factor: 1.42). 09/2009; 46(8):602-716. DOI: 10.1067/j.cpsurg.2009.03.006
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