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True and true, but not a paradox
  1. Steven D Stovitz
  1. Correspondence to Dr Steven D Stovitz, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota, 420 Delaware St. SE, MMC 381, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA; stovitz{at}

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