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On the nature of snake-poison

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Written in English


  • Venoms,
  • Poisoning,
  • Snake Venoms

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[Read before the Medical Society of London. January 25th, 1884.]

Statement[Sir Joseph Fayrer]
The Physical Object
Pagination24 pages ;
Number of Pages24
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL25949509M

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