Views of psychiatry: a comparison between medical students from Barcelona and Medellin.

IMAS - Hospital del Mar, IAPS - Servei de Psiquiatria, Pg. Marítim 25-29, Barcelona, 08003 Spain.
Academic Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 0.81). 01/2010; 34(1):61-6. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.34.1.61
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