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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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Some eight possibilities existed, when one counted up the graduate students and technicians regularly working with Damadian. The lab was innocent of volunteers. Anyone who sat inside the scanner would be surrounded by a magnet with a field strength of perhaps five thousand gauss. There were going to be radio pulses bombarding his body. No adverse effects had been detected in animals that had undergone the test, but no person had ever been inside the machine. While they worked around the magnet, Damadian and a few members of the team had experienced headaches that caused some grogginess and confusion. Jotting down notes, Damadian would find himself misspelling words, and the machinists complained that they were making errors because of ...

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