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New epidemiological findings on benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  1. H S Cohen
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Helen S Cohen
 Department of Otolaryngology, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX 77030, USA; hcohen{at}

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  • Supported by NIH grant DC003602.

  • Competing interests: None.

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