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Fireworks in Iran

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 28 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b139
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. J.O.Drife{at}

    When you say you’re going to Tehran in December, your colleagues look worried. This means someone else playing Santa at the Christmas party. And Iran has an image problem. No one actually says “axis of evil,” but everyone thinks hostages, and some people just don’t like the name. Why can’t it still be called Persia?

    My visa arrived in the nick of time after increasingly terse emails to and from WHO. As we landed at Imam Khomeini airport the stewardesses …

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