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This seventh edition published 2018

First edition published 1994, second edition published 1998, third edition published 2003, fourth edition published 2007, fifth edition published 2011, sixth edition published 2015

Text © 2018 John Murtagh

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National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication Data:

Authors:  John Murtagh, Jill Rosenblatt, Justin Coleman, Clare Murtagh

Title:  John Murtagh’s General Practice

Edition:  7th edition

ISBN:  9781760422295

Published in Australia by

McGraw-Hill Education (Australia) Pty Ltd

Level 33, 680 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Publisher: Michael Weitz

Production editor: Genevieve MacDermott

Copyeditors: Laura Carmody and Ali Moore

Proofreader: Anne Savage

Cover design: Christa Moffitt, christabella designs

Internal design: David Rosemeyer

Author photograph: Gerrit Fokkema Photography

Illustrators: Alan Laver/Shelly Communications and John Murtagh

Typeset in STIX MathJax Main 10/11.5 by SPI, India

Printed in China on 70 gsm matt art by 1010 Printing Int. Ltd

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