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Paying attention to arbitrary causality and the preciseness of conclusion
  1. Chao Zeng,
  2. Shu-Guang Gao,
  3. Guang-Hua Lei
  1. Department of Orthopaedics, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan Province, China IP
  1. Correspondence to Professor Guang-hua Lei, Department of Orthopaedics, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Xiangya Road, Changsha, Hunan Province 410008, China; lgh9640{at}

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  • Contributors CZ: concept, writing; S-GG: writing; G-HL: concept, revising.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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