The IVth International Symposium on Epidermolysis Bullosa, Santiago, Chile, 27–29 September 2007

Cincinnati Children's Epidermolysis Bullosa Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH 45229, USA.
Journal of Dermatological Science (Impact Factor: 3.42). 03/2008; 49(2):178-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.jdermsci.2007.11.004
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