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Battlefield euthanasia — courageous compassion or war crime?

Med J Aust 2011; 194 (6): 307-309.
  • Susan J Neuhaus

  • Department of Surgery, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.

Correspondence: padrneuhaus@apsa.com.au

Competing interests:

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