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Recommended citation

Abuse and violence: Working with our patients in general practice, 4th edn. Melbourne:  The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2014.

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ISBN 978-0-86906-384-2 First edition published 1992
Second edition published 1998
Third edition published 2008 Fourth edition published June 2014

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