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Cohort study
Thessaly test is no more accurate than standard clinical tests for meniscal tears
  1. Eric J Hegedus
  1. Department of Physical Therapy, High Point University, Jamestown, North Carolina, USA
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Eric J Hegedus, Department of Physical Therapy, High Point University, 201 Pearce Drive, Jamestown, NC 27282, USA; ehegedus{at}

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