Misuse of Scoring Systems

Dept of Pathology and Immunology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63110. .
Hepatology (Impact Factor: 11.19). 07/2011; 54(1):369-70; author reply 370-1. DOI: 10.1002/hep.24347
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