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A Machine Called Indomitable : The Remarkable Story of a Scientist's Inspiration, Invention, and Medical Breakthrough by Sonny Kleinfield

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Four hundred fifty Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn, is the address of the Downstate Medical Center, a jumble of multistory brick towers nestled amid boxy, shade-dappled houses in one of the borough’s marginal neighborhoods. Visible for blocks away, the towers draw the eye from the shabby homes. They are brutalist in style. Dim labyrinthine corridors wind through the floors, connecting the classrooms and gloomy, cramped laboratories. Institutional dourness permeates the place. Kings County Hospital, one of those brick towers, is the teaching hospital associated with Downstate, where Raymond Damadian interned.

On his arrival, Damadian was assigned to the internal medicine department. Much of the department’s research at that time had to do with the ...

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