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Lucky man: A Memoir
  1. Katharine Harding,
  2. Tom Hughes
  1. Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Katharine Harding, Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK; katharineharding{at}

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