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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (857 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Fleischman Narrator: Kevin Orton Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Louie Hernandez | 2/15/2014

    " Phineas Gage was truly a man with a hole in his head. A railroad construction foreman, Phineas was blasting rock near Cavendish, Vermont, in 1848 when a thirteen-pound iron rod was shot through his brain. For some reason, he survived another eleven years and became a textbook case in brain science. But of course he was forever changed by the accident, and what happened inside his brain will tell you a lot about how your brain works and what makes us who we are. And also made further more informaton about brain science, and how to better treat it. But as I said Phineas met his demise eleven years later, but even though that many doctors were amaze on how that was possible. But because of Phineas Gage we were able to realize how to do surgery and the energy waves of the brain, and we bettered ourselves on how precious the brain is. The author also combines this believe-it-or-not story with a history of brain research, including everything from phrenology to high-tech tools. The text is cool, makes you curious wanting to read of a gruesome story will get drawn down in heavier sections on brain physiology and chemistry, as for that Phineas was indeed a trooper for surviving that long. ^-^ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by James Govednik | 2/8/2014

    " This thorough book, for ages 10 and up, offers a glimpse into the life of the famous subject as well as great science info on the brain, a bit of science history, and a bit of investigation into some of the mysteries surrounding Phineas Gage after his injury. The format is very easy to follow, and there are great supporting photographs and diagrams. The author avoided turning the story into a science textbook and instead manages to adopt an interesting story-telling style when necessary to keep us engaged. The modern science techniques detailed confirm just how "lucky" Gage was to survive, and what his injury taught the medical world about the human brain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chelsea Gail Smith | 2/6/2014

    " Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman is a very interesting story about a man in 1848 who in a freak accident at a blasting rock led to a 13 pound iron rod was shot through his head and into his brain. This story especially interested me because it is related to psychology. I actually minor in psychology and we talked about this situation in my brain and behavior class. We talked about Phineas Gage and how his injury is one of the most interesting cases that has to deal with the brain. The accident left him completely able to walk talk and be normal, but friends and family started to notice his personality was completely different. Instead of being a nice enjoyable person, Phineas was rude, uncontrollable, and unpredictable. I liked this book because it is very age appropriate. It is not as gruesome as the title says and it gives background information on the medical history that was going on at this time. This story is good for children because it is a non fiction book that is actually interesting. The story is so out of the ordinary it almost seems like a fictional book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 1+1=42 (Math) | 2/4/2014

    " Sorta disgusting- but cool, way cool. "

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