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Somaticization, the making and unmaking of minded persons and the fabrication of dementia

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Somaticization, the making and unmaking of minded persons and the fabrication of dementia. / Latimer, Joanna Elizabeth; Hillman, Alexandra.

In: Social Studies of Science, Vol. 49, No. 2, 01.04.2019, p. 208-226.

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Latimer, JE & Hillman, A 2019, 'Somaticization, the making and unmaking of minded persons and the fabrication of dementia', Social Studies of Science, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 208-226. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306312719834069

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Latimer, J. E., & Hillman, A. (2019). Somaticization, the making and unmaking of minded persons and the fabrication of dementia. Social Studies of Science, 49(2), 208-226. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306312719834069

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Latimer JE, Hillman A. Somaticization, the making and unmaking of minded persons and the fabrication of dementia. Social Studies of Science. 2019 Apr 1;49(2):208-226. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306312719834069

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Latimer, Joanna Elizabeth ; Hillman, Alexandra. / Somaticization, the making and unmaking of minded persons and the fabrication of dementia. In: Social Studies of Science. 2019 ; Vol. 49, No. 2. pp. 208-226.

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