Phineas Gage

Phineas Gage

A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science

Book - 2002
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Phineas Gage was truly a man with a hole in his head. Phineas, a railroad construction foreman, was blasting rock near Cavendish, Vermont, in 1848 when a thirteen-pound iron rod was shot through his brain. Miraculously, he survived to live another eleven years and become a textbook case in brain science.

At the time, Phineas Gage seemed to completely recover from his accident. He could walk, talk, work, and travel, but he was changed. Gage "was no longer Gage," said his Vermont doctor, meaning that the old Phineas was dependable and well liked, and the new Phineas was crude and unpredictable.

His case astonished doctors in his day and still fascinates doctors today. What happened and what didn't happen inside the brain of Phineas Gage will tell you a lot about how your brain works and how you act human.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780618494781
Characteristics: 86 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm


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In 1848, Phineas Gage had a 13-pound iron rod shot through his brain in a construction accident. Amazingly enough, he survived the accident and seemed to recover completely—but he was a changed man. What happened and what didn’t happen in his brain tells us a lot about how our brains work.

Jul 02, 2014

i loved this book because it was gross and gruesome and AWESOME.

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