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Anthropology and Epidemiology: learning epistemological lessons through a collaborative venture. / Behague, Dominique; Goncalves, Helen; Victora, Cesar Gomes.

In: Ciencia & saude coletiva, Vol. 13, No. 6, 11.2008, p. 1701-1710.

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Behague, D, Goncalves, H & Victora, CG 2008, 'Anthropology and Epidemiology: learning epistemological lessons through a collaborative venture', Ciencia & saude coletiva, vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 1701-1710. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232008000600002

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Behague, D., Goncalves, H., & Victora, C. G. (2008). Anthropology and Epidemiology: learning epistemological lessons through a collaborative venture. Ciencia & saude coletiva, 13(6), 1701-1710. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232008000600002

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Behague D, Goncalves H, Victora CG. Anthropology and Epidemiology: learning epistemological lessons through a collaborative venture. Ciencia & saude coletiva. 2008 Nov;13(6):1701-1710. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232008000600002

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Behague, Dominique ; Goncalves, Helen ; Victora, Cesar Gomes. / Anthropology and Epidemiology: learning epistemological lessons through a collaborative venture. In: Ciencia & saude coletiva. 2008 ; Vol. 13, No. 6. pp. 1701-1710.

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