Letter to Editor Reply to: “Centralization of Pancreatic Surgery in Europe: an Update”

Published on Nov 1, 2019in Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery2.686
· DOI :10.1007/s11605-019-04387-7
Faik G. Uzunoglu11
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Asmus Heumann4
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+ 1 AuthorsJakob R. Izbicki63
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