Thorkil Vanggaard

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Thorkil Vanggaard
Born1910 (1910)
Died1998 (1999) (aged 88)
OccupationPsychiatrist

Thorkil Vanggaard (1910–1998) was a Danish psychiatrist and doctor.

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