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Review and self-assessment questions and answers were taken from Wiener CM, Brown CD, Hemnes AR (eds). Harrison's Self-Assessment and Board Review, 18th ed. New York, McGraw-Hill, 2012, ISBN 978-0-07-177195-5.
The global icons call greater attention to key epidemiologic and clinical differences in the practice of medicine throughout the world.
The genetic icons identify a clinical issue with an explicit genetic relationship.