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Phineas Gage : a gruesome but true story about brain science

by Fleischman, John, 1948-

Format: Print Book 2002
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 10 of 11 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 92 GAGE Phineas
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Brentwood Library Juvenile Non-fiction JUV 362.1 Fleischman
Location  Brentwood Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
 
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library - Sharpsburg Young Adult YA 617.468 FLE
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Northern Tier Regional Library Juvenile J 362.1 FLEIS
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Northern Tier Regional Library Juvenile J 362.1 FLEIS
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 362.1 F62
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile j 362.1 FLE
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Sewickley Public Library Young Adult Nonfiction YA B GAGE 2002
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Sewickley Public Library Young Adult Nonfiction YA B GAGE 2002
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Shaler North Hills Library Non-Fiction 617.468 F
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction CHECKED OUT
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Summary

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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 7-10. Railroad foreman and blasting expert Phineas Gage was hard at work in 1848 when an improperly prepared charge of gunpowder rocketed a three-foot-long iron rod through his brain. Bloodied and blackened, Gage remained coherent and surprisingly relaxed as he rode an oxcart back to town to get help. He survived the accident for nearly a dozen years, though his personality changed drastically: the once amiable man became crude and argumentative. The author combines this believe-it-or-not story with a history of brain research, including everything from phrenology to high-tech tools. The text is vivid, though curiosity seekers drawn in by the promise of a gruesome story will get bogged down in heavier sections on brain physiology and chemistry. The illustrations are well captioned but don't have enough visual interest to attract browsers for more than a moment. Report writers and science buffs will be the book's best audience. A glossary and an annotated bibliography help make this a terrific resource. --Randy Meyer"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Science writer John Fleischman uses a clipped, engaging expository style to tell the incredible story of the railroad worker who, in 1848, survived the piercing blast of a 13-pound iron rod as it entered below his cheekbone and exited the front of his skull in Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science. Photographs, glossary, a resource listing and index lend this textbook case the same sense of immediacy as do the words. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Gage, Phineas -- Mental health.
Brain damage -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
Brain damage -- Complications.
Personality disorders -- Etiology.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin,2002
Language English
Description 86 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [80]-81) and index.
ISBN 9780618494781 (pbk.)
0618494782 (pbk.)
0618052526
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