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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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At was a thoughtful day for Damadian. In the dim, disordered laboratory, brooding about possible sources of money, he kept working with an idea. He was encouraged by the recent election of Jimmy Carter as President. Carter was still down in Plains, Georgia. “He was making all these promises,” Damadian said. “Ring him up on the telephone and he’ll talk to you. I swallowed all that. I felt it was an unusual opportunity. A President-elect was living in his own house in a small town; there was a reasonable chance of getting to see him. So I thought I’d go see him.”

It did not strain his imagination too much to envision Carter getting him money—$200,000 was the figure Damadian had in mind. Why shouldn’t he? He struck Damadian as an honest, ...

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