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Medical News & Perspectives
September 23/30, 1998

Tragic Loss of Leaders in AIDS and Public Health

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JAMA. 1998;280(12):1037. doi:10.1001/jama.280.12.1037-JMN0923-2-1

IT SHOULD have been a routine flight to a series of meetings that would have been anything but routine.

When AIDS pioneer Jonathan Mann, MD, MPH, boarded Swissair flight 111 on September 2, his destination was the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. With his wife, noted vaccine expert Mary Lou Clements-Mann, MD, MPH,Mann, 51, had hoped to begin a new chapter in his distinguished career.

Together, the couple sought to work with officials from WHO and the United Nations on broad new strategies, including the development of HIV vaccines appropriate for use in developing countries, to improve health, social, and economic conditions for people with HIV infection and AIDS.