Tells the story of Phineas Gage, a railroad construction foreman who survived eleven years years after an accident in which a thirteen-pound iron rod shot through his brain.
A 13-pound iron rod shot through the brain of railroad construction foreman Phineas Gage in Vermont in 1848. He lived 11 more years, and was able to walk and talk and function as normally as he had in the past. But, as his doctor said, Gage "was no longer Gage." His manner darkened; he became coarse and chaotic when he had been an affable, dependable person. The true story of a medical oddity that continues to intrigue doctors. Full-color photographs accompany the text.