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Actor-networks and ambivalence - GENERAL-PRACTITIONERS IN THE UK CERVICAL SCREENING-PROGRAM

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Actor-networks and ambivalence - GENERAL-PRACTITIONERS IN THE UK CERVICAL SCREENING-PROGRAM. / Singleton, Vicky; Michael, Michael.

In: Social Studies of Science, Vol. 23, No. 2, 05.1993, p. 227-264.

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Singleton, Vicky ; Michael, Michael. / Actor-networks and ambivalence - GENERAL-PRACTITIONERS IN THE UK CERVICAL SCREENING-PROGRAM. In: Social Studies of Science. 1993 ; Vol. 23, No. 2. pp. 227-264.

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