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The summary below is from the full report titled “Watchful Waiting with Periodic Liver Biopsy versus Immediate Empirical Therapy for Histologically Mild Chronic Hepatitis C. A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis.” It is in the 7 November 2000 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine (volume 133, pages 665-675). The authors are JB Wong and RS Koff, for the International Hepatitis Interventional Therapy Group.