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Defining ‘mental disorder’ in DSM-V: A commentary on: ‘What is a mental/psychiatric disorder? From DSM-IV to DSM-V’ by Stein et al. (2010)

  • M. B. First (a1) and J. C. Wakefield (a2)
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