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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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When Raymond Damadian was a young man, growing up in a working-class Queens neighborhood, he had three overriding passions—science, the violin, and tennis. He shone at all of them. By any of a number of twists of fate, it is entirely possible that he could now be a member of the New York Philharmonic or a retired veteran—Wimbledon cups to reminisce with—of the tennis wars. He also toyed seriously with the idea of becoming a medical missionary, trooping through foreign jungles to heal the sick.

Damadian’s childhood was presided over by an adoring father and a disciplinarian mother. Damadian’s mother, Odette Yazedjian, was the daughter of a French mother and an Armenian father. Her father, Haig Yazedjian, came to the United States from France ...

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