Slobodan Lang

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 09 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4383
  1. John Ashton

Influential campaigner who, during the Yugoslav wars, identified hate as the biggest threat to public health

Slobodan Lang was a remarkable man in every way. Larger than life, a charismatic public health leader, and an international humanitarian, he was one of the most important influences on my approach to public health from the moment I met him through my WHO Healthy Cities work in the late 1980s.

Slobodan had a brain the size of a medium sized planet and humanity to go with it. This was shaped by his family, geographical, and professional background, as well as by his intelligence and intuition.

He was the child of a mixed …

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