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  1. J C McDonald1,
  2. J M Harris1,
  3. G Berry2
  1. 1
    Imperial College School of Medicine, London, UK
  2. 2
    University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  1. Professor J C McDonald, National Heart and Lung Institute, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Dovehouse Street, London SW3 6LY, UK; c.mcdonald{at}

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