Surgical Elective in a Developing Country: Ethics and Utility

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
Journal of Surgical Education (Impact Factor: 1.38). 03/2009; 66(2):59-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2008.11.003
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