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Another look at dignity.

Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom.
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (Impact Factor: 0.85). 02/2004; 13(1):7-14. DOI:10.1017/S0963180104131034
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