Have We Made Progress in Identifying (Surgical) Innovation

Published on Jun 3, 2019in American Journal of Bioethics5.786
· DOI :10.1080/15265161.2019.1602181
Giles Birchley7
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(UoB: University of Bristol),
Richard Huxtable12
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(UoB: University of Bristol)
+ 1 AuthorsJane M Blazeby58
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