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The Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary
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The Find a Hospital information from the American Hospital Association
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Interactive Health Tutorials: Patient Education Institute, http://www.patient-education.com/contact.asp
Medical Dictionary: Merriam-Webster, http://www.merriam-webster.com/info/contact.htm