lp 30a Raymond V. Damadin

For the inspiring and dedicated life and work of Dr. Raymond V. Damadian, there are three fine pieces of writing available.

"A Machine Called Indomitable" is a lively 250-page long narrative about Dr, Raymond Damadian, written and published in 1985 by New York Times reporter, Sonny Kleinfiled ( Times Books, Random House, Inc., ISBN: 0-8129-1234-9). The story began in the middle 1960's when Damadian was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University worried about a persistent stoach pain. It ended in 1985, when Damdian's company , Fonar Inc., has already sold 10.5 million dollars' worth of his new invention, modeled after his original hand-made NMR-scanning machine named "Indomitable".

"The Pioneers of NMR and Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: THE STORY OF MRI" is an 838-page volume written by James Mattson and Merrill Simon and published by the Bar-Ilan University Press in Israel and by Dean Books Co. in Jericho, NY. in USA (ISBN: 09619243-1-4). As the title indicates, this volume is written on a much broader scale. It starts out with the story of physicist Isidore I, Rabi's discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance phenomenon in molecular beams, and finishes on the invention and development of the powerful new medical techology, MRI. Chapter 8, 85 pages in length, is entirely devoted to the life, toils and accomplishments of Dr. Raymond V. Damdadian. This chapter is particularly rich in interesting and memorable photos and other documents. Winding up the chapter are yet more historically important records of one kind or another under the headings of 24 Appendices.

"Profile: Raymond V. Damdaina: Scanning the Horizon" is 3-page story published very recently in the News and Anaylsis Section of the June 1997 issue of the Scientific Americans ( pp.32-34). The center-piece of the first page is an attractive photograph of Dr. Damdain, perched on a marble-white, new open Fonar MRI machine. In the narrative part, the writer David Schneider caught Dr. Damadian on his way to Washington D.C. with bus-loads of Fonar employees on a "crusade" to dissuade the Congress from what he believes---a belief I share thoroughly--- to be totally misdirected efforts to privatize the US patent Office. Very much impressed by the energy and convition of Dr. Damadian, Schneider ended his article with a rhetorical question "whether the "indomitable " thing to emerge from that dingy laboratory in Brooklyn was a novel machine or Damadian himself."