When a disaster strikes: two editors in war

Ana Marušić and Matko Marušić
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11630
Published online: 16 July 2012

Ana and Matko Marušić provide a personal view on editing in extreme situations

When we watch reports of disasters that strike human populations, whether due to forces of nature or other human beings, we feel special compassion for our journal editor colleagues who face the catastrophe with their fellow citizens. They surely feel like we did in 1991 when the war started in Croatia and also a year later when war broke out in neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina. As journal editors and researchers, we were removed from medical practice, but we could not simply stay isolated in the safety of science and teaching and close our eyes to the anguish of those around us.

  • 1 Department of Research in Biomedicine and Health, University of Split School of Medicine, Split, Croatia.
  • 2 Croatian Medical Journal, Zagreb, Croatia.


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