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Total body potassium revisited


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This commentary is based on discussions during a Consultants' Meeting at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 17–19 July 2013.

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Murphy, A., Ellis, K., Kurpad, A. et al. Total body potassium revisited. Eur J Clin Nutr 68, 153–154 (2014).

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