Matko Marušić was born in Split, Croatia, in 1946. He received his medical degree from the Zagreb University School of Medicine in 1970. He helped establish the medical schools in Split and Osijek, Croatia, as well as in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Marušić is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the Croatian Medical Journal, now one of the most recognized and influential scientific journals in the world.
At the beginning of the Croatian War in 1991, Marušić devoted himself to documenting the civilian lives lost during the war. He describes himself as having served as an “intellectual” soldier, fighting not with weapons but with knowledge. Drawing from his experiences in the war, he created the short story collection Do Angels Cry?, which was originally published in Croatia in 1996. His collection of short stories for children, The Snow in Split, was published in 1987. He is also the author of Medicine from Inside, a collection of humorous stories, Swimming Lessons, a novel, and over two hundred contributions to journals and other publications worldwide. Marušić continues to dedicate himself to the health of his country through his work as a professor of physiology at the Zagreb University School of Medicine.