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Experience from the Field
Milk and rice
Article first published online: 29 OCT 2013
© 2013 International Council of Nurses
International Nursing Review
Volume 60, Issue 4, pages 543–544, December 2013
How to Cite
Eisenberg, S. and Benbenishty, J. (2013), Milk and rice. International Nursing Review, 60: 543–544. doi: 10.1111/inr.12067
There is no conflict of interest between the two authors and any other interest.
- Issue published online: 20 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 29 OCT 2013
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