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Meditation, mindfulness and mental health

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 June 2014

Brendan D Kelly*
Department of Adult Psychiatry, University College Dublin, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, 62/63 Eccles Street, Dublin 7, Ireland
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