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BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 21 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1991
  1. Mary E Black, public health physician, Belgrade, Serbia
  1. drmaryblack{at}

    Four years ago I consulted briefly for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, twinning women led businesses with industry specialists from abroad. This brought me to a window factory in the middle of Serbia, working with Jukka, a world expert in windows. We surveyed the factory floor, a hive of activity, with diligent workers running around and machinery whining away. First aid kits were in place, and they even had clean curtains in the employee cafeteria.

    “This is impressive!” I concluded.

    “Yes, but look at the wood,” replied my sanguine Finnish colleague. …

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