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  1. A Bastawrous,
  2. M C F Smith
  1. ST2 Ophthalmology, Mersey Deanery, Liverpool, UK
  1. Dr A Bastawrous, 25 Argo Road, Waterloo, Liverpool L2 0NN, UK; drbaz{at}

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