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Literacy, advocacy and agency : The campaign for political recognition of dyslexia in Britain (1962-1997). / Kirby, Philip.

In: SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE, Vol. 33, No. 4, 01.11.2020, p. 1306-1326.

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Kirby, P 2020, 'Literacy, advocacy and agency: The campaign for political recognition of dyslexia in Britain (1962-1997)', SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 1306-1326. https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hkz030

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Kirby, P. (2020). Literacy, advocacy and agency: The campaign for political recognition of dyslexia in Britain (1962-1997). SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE, 33(4), 1306-1326. https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hkz030

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Kirby P. Literacy, advocacy and agency: The campaign for political recognition of dyslexia in Britain (1962-1997). SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE. 2020 Nov 1;33(4):1306-1326. https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hkz030

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Kirby, Philip. / Literacy, advocacy and agency : The campaign for political recognition of dyslexia in Britain (1962-1997). In: SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE. 2020 ; Vol. 33, No. 4. pp. 1306-1326.

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