Saving lives on the Silk Road

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 29 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:299
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

    Long haul flights are exciting but rarely scary nowadays. We British tend to go to countries that were once pink on the map. It is a new experience to fly to someone else's former empire, to places you had not heard of until recently.

    Kyrgyzstan lies between Kazakhstan and China. Tajikistan separates it from Afghanistan—only just, but enough to reassure the wimp in me. The Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, was not in my …

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