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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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SEVEN

On February 5, 1974, Raymond Damadian was issued United States Patent No. 3,789,832 covering his invention “Apparatus and Method for Detecting Cancer in Tissue.”

Also, in 1974, largely in response to strong and spirited lobbying by Kenneth Olson, the head of the National Cancer Institute’s diagnostic branch of the Division of Cancer Biology and Diagnosis, the NCI awarded a contract to finance three scientists in a thoroughgoing study of the application of NMR for cancer detection. The contract spanned two years. Something like sixteen scientists applied for the money, and after the bids had been duly considered, Raymond Damadian received a hundred thousand dollars a year, Donald Hollis at Johns Hopkins University seventy-five thousand dollars ...

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