Dangerous placesBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7503.1337-a (Published 02 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1337
- James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
Risky destinations bother me less as I get older. Uzbekistan, a few months ago, felt safe. I heard the president was autocratic but relatively restrained in comparison with his neighbour in Turkmenistan, who has closed all regional hospitals and renamed January after himself.
A British passport, a World Health Organization schedule, and a police checkpoint outside our hotel gave me a sense of reassurance. The only time I felt anxious in Tashkent was …