Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science

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Paperback, Pages: 96

Genres: Nonfiction, Science, History, Biography

Language: English

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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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  •    Yolabar Heidish
    2020
    Ok, so this is a kid's book but it sure made brain science clear to me. Before Phineas Gage accidently shot a thirteen pound tamping rod through his brain in 1848, and survived, practically nothing was known about the brain. This short book,75 pages, describes Phineas' accident and medical care along with practically the entire history of medicine. Fascinating and a lot of information packed into a quick, easy to understand read. Illustrated. How many neurons do we have in our brains? Ten billion!
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  •    Fausho Mengesheim
    2020
    GENRE: Non-fiction, biography, brain anatomy, science.

    SUMMARY: Phineas Gage suffered a horrendous accident in 1848 when a tamping iron exploded through his skull. Amazingly, Phineas walked away from the accident, and lived for another eleven years. He was a changed man, however. His personality became harsher and less socially adept. He became prone to swearing and shortness of temper. After the incident Phineas was able to interact well with children and horses, and he worked with horses for many years.

    EVALUATION: I remember seeing a video about Phineas Gage when I was in junior high, and how it fascinated me. Years later in college, as a psychology major, I studied Gage again, with more of a focus on his changed personality and brain function. This book is in-depth, and provides much information about Gage that I did not previously know.

    WHY I WOULD INCLUDE IT: Phineas Gage's story is still a medical marvel, and still just as fascinating as it ever was. Tweens who enjoy gruesome true stories will be both entertained and educated, as the book offers a fair bit of discussion about the anatomy of the brain, including the different schools of thoughts about brain anatomy that were in effect during Gage's day.

    READER'S ANNOTATION: An in-depth look at the accident that forever changed Phineas Gage, and gave the medical world new insight into how the brain works.

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    • Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance by Jennifer Armstrong.
    • The Great Brain Book: An Inside Look at the Inside of Your Head by HP Newquist.
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