Gifted Mind, the book

—The Dr Raymond Damadian story, Inventor of the MRI

Gifted Mind cover

I just read this book about the life and work of Dr Raymond Damadian, who invented the Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) scanning of human/living tissue for medical diagnostics. He used existing Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) techniques to solve a very important problem. His key breakthrough was his 1971 Nature paper showing that the signals from cancerous and non-cancerous cells are very different and this method therefore has enormous advantage. He built the first scanner large enough to scan a human and made the first scans of a human.

I found the book “Gifted Mind” an excellent and exciting read. I could very much resonate with the environment that Dr Damadian found himself in, with jealous competitors, who eventually obtained credit, the Nobel prize, for something that he invented, and they did not. I found that Dr Damadian is very generous recognising their contributions though, because they have helped in making visualisation of the MRI signal available for the very important task of medical diagnostics.

Dr Damadian’s worldview, that truth is ultimately from God and it is our Lord who deserves all the credit, is the gold standard. Nevertheless it is a deplorable situation when the inventor is sidelined. Nevertheless God is sufficient. He is all we need. Far better to be recognised as a humble believer in the whole word of God that any vain recognitions of man. I heartily recommend this book.