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PHINEAS GAGE : THE GRUESOME
BUT TRUE STORY ABOUT BRAIN SCIENCE
Boston : Houghton Mifflin,
IL 5-8, RL 7.6
in 1848, a man by the name of Phineas Gage suffered an accident which would
put him in the history books. A three foot long iron rod was shot
through his head and lodged in his brain. Believe it or not, Phineas
lived. He survived for almost twelve years after the accident.
Now that is amazing in itself. But what scientists observed was that
Phineas underwent a personality change as a result of the accident.
After his death, doctors exhumed his head and learned a great deal about
how the brain functions. We have Phineas Gage to thank for much of
what is known about brain damage and personality disorders.
Gage, Phineas -- Mental health.
Brain damage -- Patients -- United States.
Brain damage -- Complications.
Personality disorders -- Etiology.
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