Reaching people through medical humanities: An initiative

Department of Pathology, Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya, Delhi, India.
Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions 05/2011; 8:5. DOI: 10.3352/jeehp.2011.8.5
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