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The Merck Manual of Medical Information--Home Edition
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Robert Berkow, M.D., Editor-in-Chief
Mark H. Beers, M.D., Associate Editor
Andrew J. Fletcher, M.B., B.Chir., Senior Assistant Editor
Robert M. Bogin, M.D., Senior Assistant Editor


Editorial Board
Lawrence K. Altman, M.D.; Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A.; Philip K. Bondy, M.D.; Preston V. Dilts, Jr., M.D.; Douglas A. Drossman, M.D.; L. Jack Faling, M.D.; Eugene P. Frenkel, M.D.; Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.; Robert A. Hoekelman, M.D.; Gerald L. Mandell, M.D.; Edwina A. McConnell, R.N., Ph.D.; Fred Plum, M.D.; G. Victor Rossi, Ph.D.; Paul H. Tanser, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)


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