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I wish to thank Professor S.T Teoh, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, UM, for providing the necessary data and for reading the manuscript; Dr Rogayah Jaafar for providing and checking data on USM and Dr. Edariah Abu Bakar for her useful comments.
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