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Professional identity and epistemic stress : complementary medicine in the academy. / Brosnan, Caragh; Cribb, Alan.

In: Health Sociology Review, Vol. 28, No. 3, 21.10.2019, p. 307-322.

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Brosnan, C & Cribb, A 2019, 'Professional identity and epistemic stress: complementary medicine in the academy', Health Sociology Review, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 307-322. https://doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2019.1678397

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Brosnan, C., & Cribb, A. (2019). Professional identity and epistemic stress: complementary medicine in the academy. Health Sociology Review, 28(3), 307-322. https://doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2019.1678397

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Brosnan C, Cribb A. Professional identity and epistemic stress: complementary medicine in the academy. Health Sociology Review. 2019 Oct 21;28(3):307-322. https://doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2019.1678397

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Brosnan, Caragh ; Cribb, Alan. / Professional identity and epistemic stress : complementary medicine in the academy. In: Health Sociology Review. 2019 ; Vol. 28, No. 3. pp. 307-322.

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