Advice for Chairs of Academic Departments of Psychiatry: The "Ten Commandments"

Department of Psychology and Neurology, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA.
Academic Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 0.81). 08/2006; 30(4):298-300. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.30.4.298
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