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“Making Patients” in Postwar and Resource-scarce Settings. Diagnosing and Treating Mental Illness in Postwar Kosovo

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“Making Patients” in Postwar and Resource-scarce Settings. Diagnosing and Treating Mental Illness in Postwar Kosovo. / Kienzler, Hanna.

In: Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 1, 20.04.2020, p. 59-76.

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Kienzler, H 2020, '“Making Patients” in Postwar and Resource-scarce Settings. Diagnosing and Treating Mental Illness in Postwar Kosovo', Medical Anthropology Quarterly, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 59-76. https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12554

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Kienzler, H. (2020). “Making Patients” in Postwar and Resource-scarce Settings. Diagnosing and Treating Mental Illness in Postwar Kosovo. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 34(1), 59-76. https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12554

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Kienzler H. “Making Patients” in Postwar and Resource-scarce Settings. Diagnosing and Treating Mental Illness in Postwar Kosovo. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 2020 Apr 20;34(1):59-76. https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12554

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Kienzler, Hanna. / “Making Patients” in Postwar and Resource-scarce Settings. Diagnosing and Treating Mental Illness in Postwar Kosovo. In: Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 2020 ; Vol. 34, No. 1. pp. 59-76.

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