• Phineas Gage

  • A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science
  • By: John Fleischman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Orton
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 02-25-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4.1 (65 ratings)

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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.
©2002 John Fleischman (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
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By D. Littman on 03-03-09

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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By Amazon Customer on 06-24-17

Interesting and Educational

This book was very good and spoken very well. One hundred percent recommend it for anyone who likes reading.

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