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Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story about Brain Science

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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.

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A science writer specializing in medicine, Fleischman tells how Gage, foreman of a railroad construction gang, survived an iron rod being blasted through his brain in 1848, and how the subsequent study of him contributed to the modern understanding of the central nervous system.
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The true story of Phineas Cage, a man who lived through a horrible accident that left him with a hole in his brain in 1848. Photos.

Synopsis:

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 didnt happen inside the brain of Phineas Gage will tell you a lot about how your brain works and how you act human.

About the Author

John Fleischman uses his brain as a science writer with the American Society for Cell Biology and as a freelance writer for various magazines, including Discover, Muse, and Air & Space Smithsonian. He has been a science writer at the Harvard Medical School and a senior editor with Yankee and Ohio magazines. He lives in Ohio with his wife and a greyhound named Psyche.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618052523
Author:
Fleischman, John
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - General
Subject:
Science & Technology - General
Subject:
Personality disorders
Subject:
Science & Technology - Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
Brain damage
Subject:
Social Science - Psychology
Subject:
Science & Nature - Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mental health
Subject:
Brain damage -- Complications.
Subject:
Brain damage - Patients - United States
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
D36
Publication Date:
March 2002
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 to 6
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illustrated with photographs
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9 x 7.5 x 0.56 in 1.05 lb
Age Level:
09-12

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"Synopsis" by , The true story of Phineas Cage, a man who lived through a horrible accident that left him with a hole in his brain in 1848. Photos.
"Synopsis" by , 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 didnt 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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