Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science

by John Fleischman

Phineas Gage was truly a man with a hole in his head. A railroad construction foreman, Phineas was blasting rock near Cavendish, Vermont, in 1848 when a thirteen-pound iron rod was shot through his brain. Miraculously, he survived another eleven years and became a textbook case in brain science. But he was forever changed by the accident, and what happened inside his brain will tell you a lot about how your brain works and what makes us who we are.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780618052523
  • ISBN-10: 0618052526
  • Pages: 96
  • Publication Date: 03/25/2002
  • Carton Quantity: 30

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  • About the Book

    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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    "Carefully separating fact from legend, Fleischman traces Gage's subsequent travels and subtle but profound personality changes." Kirkus Reviews, Starred

    "Phineas Gage brings a scientific viewpoint to a topic that will be delightfully gruesome to many readers." School Library Journal

    "The riveting topic will draw all kinds of readers, and they'll be fascinated even as they're educated." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    "Fleischman's bold, present-tense writing draws the reader into the story from the first sentence." Horn Book

    "Fleischman is a fine science writer, and he has organized his book adroitly." Riverbank Review

    "Science writer Fleischman uses a clipped, engaging expository style to tell this incredible story." Publishers Weekly

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