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Intensity of rehabilitation: some answers and more questions?
  1. P Langhorne
  1. Academic Section of Geriatric Medicine, 3rd Floor, Centre Block, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G4 0SF, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr P Langhorne;

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