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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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It was the hardest work either of them had ever known. Onerous as Goldsmith’s job might be, the assignment to build the dewars that Damadian and Minkoff were tackling was far worse. When they took breaks and sat, staring at the disassembled pieces of metal, both men found themselves formidably short-tempered, and they sometimes drifted into a loser’s mind-set and wondered if they were up to the task. Each doughnut-shaped dewar was to be ten feet tall, six feet wide, and eighteen inches deep. Each one would weigh one and a half tons. Damadian would later say that had he known how arduous an undertaking it was to build the dewars, he never would have attempted it.

A dewar is a highly sophisticated thermos bottle. It has to keep heat outside, ...

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