The American College of Rheumatology Preliminary Diagnostic Criteria for Fibromyalgia and Measurement of Symptom Severity

@article{Wolfe2010TheAC,
  title={The American College of Rheumatology Preliminary Diagnostic Criteria for Fibromyalgia and Measurement of Symptom Severity},
  author={Frederick Wolfe and Daniel J. Clauw and Mary-Ann Fitzcharles and Don L. Goldenberg and Robert S. Katz and Philip J. Mease and Anthony S. Russell and Irwin Jon Russell and John B. Winfield and Muhammad B. Yunus},
  journal={Arthritis Care \& Research},
  year={2010},
  volume={62}
}
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