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Skin cancer

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Zahir B Mirza BSc MBChB, Zainab Laftah BSc MBChB
Foundation Years Journal, volume 2, issue 9, p.354 (123Doc Education, London, November 2008)


A 76-year-old caucasion man was referred by his general practitioner to the dermatology outpatients clinic because of a non-healing skin lesion on his scalp.

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Zahir B Mirza BSc MBChB (Corresponding author)

Academic Foundation Year One House Officer
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
Heart of England Foundation Trust
Bordesley Green East
B9 5SS

Zainab Laftah BSc MBChB

Foundation Year One House Officer
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


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