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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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Any new technology inspires innovators to work from fresh perspectives that make the pioneers vulnerable to attack. The original development can quickly be made obsolete by subsequent strokes of brilliance. Little more than a year after he had thrust his QED 80 upon the world, Damadian was studying a set of pictures that made him sick. With their remarkable detail and clear resolution, they were almost too good to believe. But there was no denying them. At the 1981 meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, the biggest radiological show in the world, held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, a company called Diasonics had on display at its booth stunning head and body images from its new thirty-five-hundred-gauss superconducting machine. ...

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