...Just what evidence does Meyers have for the claim in his book that Lauterbur tried to prevent Damadian from receiving NIH funding? In fact, for several years Lauterbur could not get funding, whereas Damadian received generous funding from NIH.
When Lauterbur was at SUNY Stony Brook and tried to get the radiology department involved in MRI, he was thwarted by Meyers. Thus, one can wonder about Meyers’ motives in attacking Lauterbur in his book. One is left to ponder the value of this book as a seminal read on scientists’ motivations, cronyism, and dishonorable tactics.
Stan ManattIt is always interesting to me how brutal and drawn out these battles can become and how personal the stakes can be. (I wonder if Dr. Manatt's allegations are true?)
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[I can't quite figure out who Dr. Stanley Manatt is, but he appears to have been publishing J. Org. Chem. articles in 1959, so he must know something about the era...]