Phineas Gage - John Fleischman

Phineas Gage

By John Fleischman

  • Publication Date: 2004-11-01
  • Genre: Biography
4 Score: 4 (From 79 Ratings)

Book Overview

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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Users Reviews

  • This I trash

    1
    By Alexgaming2468
    It's not an audiobook
  • Interesting Story

    5
    By Alfreditin
    The book was fascinating to read, because it showed how a young man survived such a critical blow through the head. Not only did it change his social life , but science its self. I would really rococo end this for people who enjoy history and learning new things.
  • Phineas the amazing

    5
    By Sage Kelly
    I would have to say myself that Phineus gage was a amazing book that I would gladly recommend for all readers to read this book with it fantastic knowledge of brain science and the way Phineas gage was abel to survive this unpleasant injury to the head.
  • Phineas Gage #1

    4
    By BookReporter
    I'm ten and I seriously enjoyed this book. Learning brain science was fascinating and cool. Also,it was really cool how Phineas survived such a blow to his head. Such a shame other people didn't enjoy it as much as I did.
  • Phineas Gage

    3
    By Tomboy girl dude
    I thought the book was alright but was definitly not a book for kids it would be to confusing and to gruesome for them
  • It's a book!

    2
    By Rajang warrior
    It is one of the worst books I have ever read. I wish I could forget it. I t goes like this: first it says something about phineas Gage's story and then it goes into brain science for two boring pages on brain science. I would rather read a textbook! Do Not Read it. I was forced to read it for a reading team. The only reason I gave it two stars was because it was incredible how phineas gage survived. I am in the middle if it and can't make myself finish it.
  • Phineas gaga

    3
    By Tlaw1022
    The story in this book was very good but I wouldn't read it for enjoyment for it ran away from the story at points and went in depth about the brain parts and functions of the brain
  • Phineas Gage

    5
    By TheUnknownR
    This book was awesome. A man survives a horrific accident and lived on to tell about it for eleven and a half years. Unbelievable to an every day person. Understandable to a scientist. His accident made scientists think of what truly is happening in our brain.