Antagonisms to MRI

Peter Mansfield

in The Long Road to Stockholm

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199664542
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191758461 | DOI:
Antagonisms to MRI

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David Hoult was a post-doc in Sir Rex Richard’s Oxford group, when he first met him at a BRSG Meeting in Canterbury in the late 60’s. However, later when MRI was being established he received a pre-print from David critical of the idea of selective pulses that they had developed and were using routinely. He claimed that their idea violated the Uncertainty Principle and therefore could not possibly work. In response, they vigorously refuted his claim, which was published 2 years later. Shortly after this episode, Peter Allen took sabbatical leave to join Paul Lauterbur’s group in Stonybrook. At the time some of Paul’s students were hostile to the idea of slice selection. Peter took time to educate the non-believers including Paul himself, during the first month or so of his stay. It also emerged later, that Paul was acting on behalf of an unnamed company to scupper their American Patent on MRI. He regularly visited Nottingham ostensibly to see the imaging progress of the various groups. But it later transpired that this was his cover for his illicit visits to see Joan Dawson in London. Later in 1979, Raymond Damadian unexpectedly visited the University while he was a dinner guest at Hugh Stewart Hall on Campus. He suggested that he should come to his home in Clarke’s Lane, Chilwell. They arrived home by 9.30 and slowly the reason for his visit unravelled. They sent the next 3.5 hours discussing his problems, and eventually how he felt that Lauterbur had stolen his ideas on imaging. He met him again at a Royal Society Meeting organised by Raymond Andrew. At this meeting, his first slide was of President Reagan. He then complained bitterly about his treatment by the American research funding agencies. His time ran out and the Chairman asked that he be ushered off stage. One of Damadian’s principal opponents at the time, Don Hollis, seemed to know more than most people about Damadian and his attempts to achieve Government funding. Hollis’s interaction with Damadian is detailed in his book ‘Abusing Cancer Science: the Truth about NMR and Cancer’ by Donald P Hollis, published at the Strawberry Fields Press, Chehalis, Washington, in 1987.

Keywords: Selective Pulses; Hoult; Lauterbur; Raymond Damadian; Don Hollis

Chapter.  2995 words. 

Subjects: Physics

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