Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science

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By John Fleischman
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
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 thirteenpound 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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12882 words12,882 words
86 pages86 pages
Lexile 1030LLexile 1030L
Grade 4 to 9Grade 4 to 9
Published 2002Published 2002

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0618052526

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