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Glasziou PP, Irwig L, Bain C, et al. Systematic reviews in health care. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. 148 p.
  1. Chris Cates, MA, FRCGP
  1. St George’s Hospital Medical School
 London, UK

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