Blinded by science: The social implications of epigenetics and neuroscience


  • David Wastell
  • Susan White



Book review by Liz Beddoe.


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How to Cite

Wastell, D., & White, S. (2017). Blinded by science: The social implications of epigenetics and neuroscience. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 29(2), 151–153.



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