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The medical dangers of literary genius

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The medical dangers of literary genius. / Ruston, Sharon.

In: Literature and Medicine, Vol. 34, No. 2, 01.10.2016, p. 299-319.

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Ruston, S 2016, 'The medical dangers of literary genius', Literature and Medicine, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 299-319. https://doi.org/10.1353/lm.2016.0015

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Ruston S. The medical dangers of literary genius. Literature and Medicine. 2016 Oct 1;34(2):299-319. https://doi.org/10.1353/lm.2016.0015

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Ruston, Sharon. / The medical dangers of literary genius. In: Literature and Medicine. 2016 ; Vol. 34, No. 2. pp. 299-319.

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