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The design and assessment of mock mass disasters for dental personnel. / Pretty, I. A.; Webb, D. A.; Sweet, D.

In: Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 46, No. 1, 2001, p. 74-79.

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Pretty, I. A. ; Webb, D. A. ; Sweet, D. / The design and assessment of mock mass disasters for dental personnel. In: Journal of Forensic Sciences. 2001 ; Vol. 46, No. 1. pp. 74-79.

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