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Not Your Grandmother’s Doctor Show: A Review of Grey’s Anatomy, House, and Nip/Tuck

Department of Communication, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424, USA.
Journal of Medical Humanities 07/2008; 29(2):127-31. DOI: 10.1007/s10912-008-9055-3
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