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Pediatric Cardiology: Advances Over the Past 2 Years and Future Prospects

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            Department of Pediatrics, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing 100034, China
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            Address for correspondence: Prof. Jun-Bao Du, Department of Pediatrics, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing 100034, China E-Mail: junbaodu1@
            Chin Med J (Engl)
            Chin. Med. J
            Chinese Medical Journal
            Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd (India )
            05 December 2017
            : 130
            : 23
            : 2776-2777
            29176135 5717854 CMJ-130-2776 10.4103/0366-6999.219153
            Copyright: © 2017 Chinese Medical Journal

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