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A retired medical doctor with a desire to help those in need was the force behind 56 free clinics throughout the country and a federal law to exempt health care volunteers from medical malpractice liability, according to insurance industry and medical experts.

After a professional career that included co-inventing the tuberculosis tine test, creating the Tylenol tablet, assisting in the invention of the MRI, writing legislation for the Senate Human Genome Program and organizing the Institute for Human Genetics, Dr. Jack McConnell relocated to Hilton Head, S.C., from New Jersey to “play golf, eat at good restaurants and travel.”

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