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  1. F Vizzutti1,
  2. U Arena1,
  3. F Marra1,2,
  4. M Pinzani1,2
  1. 1
    Dipartimento di Medicina Interna, Università degli Studi di Firenze – Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria di Careggi (AOUC), Firenze, Italy
  2. 2
    Center for Research, Higher Education and Transfer DENOThe, Università degli Studi di Firenze – Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria di Careggi (AOUC), Firenze, Italy
  1. Professor M Pinzani, Dipartimento di Medicina Interna, Viale GB Morgagni, 85, 50134 Firenze, Italy; m.pinzani{at}dmi.unifi.it

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