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How Themistocles Zammit found Malta Fever (brucellosis) to be transmitted by the milk of goats

School of Philosophy, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9HD, UK.
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (Impact Factor: 2.02). 11/2005; 98(10):451-4. DOI: 10.1258/jrsm.98.10.451
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