Internet access as a right for realizing the human right to adequate mental (and other) health care

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Internet access as a right for realizing the human right to adequate mental (and other) health care. / Reglitz, Merten; Rudnick, Abraham.

In: International Journal of Mental Health, Vol. 49, No. 1, 13.02.2020, p. 97-103.

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