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Geographic Charisma and the Potential Energy of Ebola. / Herrick, Clare Beatrice.

In: Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol. 41, No. 8, 01.11.2019, p. 1488-1502.

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Herrick, CB 2019, 'Geographic Charisma and the Potential Energy of Ebola', Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 41, no. 8, pp. 1488-1502. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12960

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Herrick, C. B. (2019). Geographic Charisma and the Potential Energy of Ebola. Sociology of Health and Illness, 41(8), 1488-1502. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12960

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Herrick CB. Geographic Charisma and the Potential Energy of Ebola. Sociology of Health and Illness. 2019 Nov 1;41(8):1488-1502. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12960

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Herrick, Clare Beatrice. / Geographic Charisma and the Potential Energy of Ebola. In: Sociology of Health and Illness. 2019 ; Vol. 41, No. 8. pp. 1488-1502.

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