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Vol. 23, No. 2, 2007
Issue release date: January 2007
Section title: Original Research Article
Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2007;23:67–73

Depression in Vascular Dementia Is Quantitatively and Qualitatively Different from Depression in Alzheimer’s Disease

Park J.H.a · Lee S.B.a · Lee T.J.a · Lee D.Y.d, e · Jhoo J.H.f · Youn J.C.c · Choo I.H.d · Choi E.A.a · Jeong J.W.a · Choe J.Y.a · Woo J.I.d, e · Kim K.W.a, b, e
aDepartment of Neuropsychiatry and bStroke Center, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, and cDepartment of Neuropsychiatry, Kyunggi Provincial Hospital for the Elderly, Gyeonggido, dDepartment of Neuropsychiatry, Seoul National University Hospital, and eSeoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, and fDepartment of Neuropsychiatry, Kangwon University College of Medicine, Kangwondo, Korea
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Ki Woong Kim, MD, PhD

Department of Neuropsychiatry, Seoul National University College of Medicine and

Seoul National University Bundang Hospital

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