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Hyperparathyroid bone disease—an unusual and memorable condition
  1. D J Pradeep,
  2. G P R Clunie,
  3. R A Watts,
  4. R C Nightingale
  1. Rheumatology, Nuclear Medicine Departments, Ipswich Hospital, Ipswich, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    D J Pradeep
    Rheumatology, Nuclear Medicine Departments, Ipswich Hospital, Ipswich, UK;drjohnpd{at}btinternet.com

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