The mode of action of sulphonamides, proguanil and pyrimethamine on Plasmodium gallinaceum.

British journal of pharmacology and chemotherapy 07/1955; 10(2):208-14. DOI: 10.1111/j.1476-5381.1955.tb00084.x
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