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Palpation reveals the diagnosis
  1. V M McClelland,
  2. D S K Brookfield
  1. University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, City General Hospital, Newcastle Road, Stoke on Trent ST4 6QG, UK;

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