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To what do psychiatric diagnoses refer?: A two-dimensional semantic analysis of diagnostic terms

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To what do psychiatric diagnoses refer? A two-dimensional semantic analysis of diagnostic terms. / Maung, Hane.

In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Vol. 55, 28.02.2016, p. 1-10.

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Maung, H 2016, 'To what do psychiatric diagnoses refer? A two-dimensional semantic analysis of diagnostic terms', Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, vol. 55, pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2015.10.001

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Maung, H. (2016). To what do psychiatric diagnoses refer? A two-dimensional semantic analysis of diagnostic terms. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 55, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2015.10.001

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Maung H. To what do psychiatric diagnoses refer? A two-dimensional semantic analysis of diagnostic terms. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 2016 Feb 28;55:1-10. Epub 2015 Nov 13. doi: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2015.10.001

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Maung, Hane. / To what do psychiatric diagnoses refer? A two-dimensional semantic analysis of diagnostic terms. In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 2016 ; Vol. 55. pp. 1-10.

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