A Whole that is Greater than the Sum of its Individual Parts

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Elizabeth Paz-Pacheco


Like bundled stalks of “padi” or rice plants, the founders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) envisioned its member countries being bound together in friendship and solidarity.[1] In the same way, the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies was established 36 years ago “with the goal of strengthening the cooperation and understanding among member scientists of ASEAN countries, to provide better medical care in the field of endocrinology and metabolism in each of the member nations.”[2]


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Paz-Pacheco, E. (2017). A Whole that is Greater than the Sum of its Individual Parts. Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies, 32(2), 87. Retrieved from https://asean-endocrinejournal.org/index.php/JAFES/article/view/439


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