Phineas Gage a gruesome but true story about brain science /

Through the case history of Phineas Gage, a 19th century Vermonter who had an iron bar driven through his brain and lived, the book examines what is known of brain function.

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Main Author: Fleischman, John, 1948-
Format: Book Electronic
Language:English
Published:Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2002.
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Main Author:Fleischman, John, 1948-
Summary:Through the case history of Phineas Gage, a 19th century Vermonter who had an iron bar driven through his brain and lived, the book examines what is known of brain function.

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.

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Physical Description:1 online resource (86 p.) : ill.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9780547350387 (electronic bk.)
0547350384 (electronic bk.)