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Safe passage

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 22 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1637
  1. Mary E Black, public health physician, Belgrade, Serbia
  1. drmaryblack{at}

    All my life I have wanted to see the Panama canal, and last week I finally made it and stood, amazed, on the viewing dock above the two-stage Miraflores locks on the Pacific side. Container ships, after a patient wait in the holding area, are guided through the narrow channel by a team of four small silver trains, two on each side, with guy ropes tied to bow and stern. The actual transit is short, measured in minutes. It is a simple process yet highly skilled. The laden ships can float, but …

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