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WHO Library Cataloguing in Publication Data
Abbatt, F. R. Teaching for better learning: a guide for teachers
of primary health care staff. - 2nd ed.
1. Allied health personnel - education 2. Teaching - methods 1.
ISBN 92 4 154442 2 (NLM Classification: W 18)
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