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Journal of Integrative Medicine ›› 2015, Vol. 13 ›› Issue (4): 215-216.doi: 10.1016/S2095-4964(15)60168-6

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Episiotomy is obsolete: Cinnamon gel applied after episiotomy endangers lives

Judy Slome Cohain   

  1. Department of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Received:2014-12-07 Accepted:2015-01-30 Online:2015-07-10 Published:2015-07-15


Key words: Episiotomy, Cinnamon, Women’s health

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