WHO Regional Publications
European Series, No. 79
World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe
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Assessing the health consequences of major chemical incidents - epidemiological approaches/Ursula Ackermann-Liebrich [et al.]
(WHO regional publications. European series; No. 79)
1. Accidents 2. Hazardous substances - adverse effects - analysis 3. Environmental exposure 4. Health status indicators 5. Epidemiologic methods 6. Europe I. Ackermann-Liebrich, Ursula II. Series
ISBN 92 890 1343 5
(NLM Classification: WA 754)
Mary Stewart Burgher
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