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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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EIGHT

He was standing in the lab, parceling out the assignments. He made the situation clear. There was not enough money—not nearly enough money—to buy a magnet that would be big enough to accommodate a human being. So they would have to build it themselves from scratch. Damadian ran his gaze slowly across their faces. It was April 1976.

Weighing the merits and faults of the group, but mostly pulling a number out of the air, he suggested that the team might be able to build a machine in six months. One of his favorite comments, however, was, “I always tended to underestimate how long it would take to do something by a factor of two.”

It was an especially dark time to be starting such a remarkably time-consuming and forbidding project. The pulse ...

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