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- The Relational Impact of Multiple Sclerosis: An Integrative Review of the Literature Using a Cognitive Analytic Framework
Joanna Blundell Jones
- Springer US
Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Print ISSN: 1068-9583
Elektronische ISSN: 1573-3572