Phineas Gage

  • by John Fleischman
  • Narrated by Kevin Orton
  • 1 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1848 Vermont, railroad foreman Phineas Gage sat above a hole, preparing to blast through some granite. A 13-pound iron rod fell from his hands into the hole, triggering the explosion and sending the rod straight through Phineas' head. Thirty minutes after this terrible accident, Phineas sat on the steps of a hotel, patiently waiting for the town doctor to arrive. He chatted with his amazed coworkers as if nothing had happened. But something terrible had happened. The rod that shot through Phineas' head like a rocket had caused great damage. Yet - incredibly - Phineas survived another 11 years.This extraordinary book tells the true story of one of the most remarkable accidents in human history. Listeners will not only be fascinated by all the gruesome details, but will also learn riveting information about how Phineas helped change the history of brain science.


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Compact &view of the roots of brain science

Phineas Gage was a famous "medical figure" in the mid-19th century who played a role in the discovery of the makeup of the brain. This compact retelling of his history is a nice relief from the heavier & longer history books, and novels, I am accustomed to downloading. It is well told and well narrated, and it just the thing to whet your pallet for the next big book.
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- D. Littman "history buff"

Great read!!

I learned a lot from this book! It was a very gruesome story that had so many interesting facts that I never knew about! I would recommend reading this amazing book!
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- Patty Gumbrill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books