Debunking spider bite myths

Julian White
Med J Aust 2003; 179 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05493.x
Published online: 18 August 2003

Necrotising arachnidism should be a diagnosis of last resort

  • Department of Toxinology, Women's and Children's Hospital, North Adelaide, SA.


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