Restless legs syndrome

Department of Neurology and Sleep Disorders Centre, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.
BMJ (online) (Impact Factor: 16.38). 05/2012; 344:e3056. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.e3056
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