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Dangerous places

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 02 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1337
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

    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 …

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