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Progression is likely to occur earlier in young men with motor onset symptoms
  1. Jeremy Chataway
  1. Correspondence to Dr J Chataway, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG, UK; jeremychataway{at}

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