Phineas Gage Update

Folks, you know I'm a Phineas Gage fan from my previous post (back in June of last year) about this fella and his brain injury, and you might think, "Jake, he's been dead more that 100 years, what's there more to say?" 

Plenty, as it turns out. A couple just turned up the photo of him and his "lucky" tamping rod. Read all about it in this month's Smithsonian Magazine!


~ by ravenjake on December 23, 2009.

One Response to “Phineas Gage Update”

  1. [this is good] An interesting post, and a very important case from which we all need to learn.

    “The balance between his “intellectual faculties and animal propensities” seemed gone. He could not stick to plans, uttered “the grossest profanity” and showed “little deference for his fellows.” The railroad-construction company that employed him, which had thought him a model foreman, refused to take him back.”

    Hmmmm.  Sounds like maybe the brain injury turned him into a Republican??  It would be very interesting to know more about how his opinions as well as his behavior altered; apparently it was quite extreme.

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