Phineas Gage was a construction foreman in 1848. He worked with his men near Cavendish, Vermont and was constructing a railroad. One day, while working with his assistant with explosives, something goes wrong. Something distracts Phineas, and the blasting powder explodes shooting the tamping iron he is holding out of his hands and straight through his head.
You should be dead for so many reasons.
The tamping iron went straight through his cheekbone and exited through his forehead. Miraculously, he was alive and showed no signs of pain. He was quickly put on to the back of a cart to be sent to a village to meet Dr. Williams.
IM TRYING EVERYTHING I CAN DO BUT I DON'T KNOW THE EXACT CAUSE OF THE INFECTION
I FEEL LIKE I AM DYING!
Central Idea 2:Was Phineas' story lucky or unlucky? He constantly faced extremely unlucky situations, but was always lucky and somehow lived through them.
Dr. Williams was in complete shock after hearing what had happened. Not knowing what to do, he cleaned the area around the hole and extracted fragments of bone from his skull. He carefully bandaged his wounds and let him sleep.
This injury should have killed Phineas. He must have died from the shock; if not, the loss of blood must have killed him. And even if he survived that, the brain swelling must have killed him. But Phineas was very lucky. The hole in his head gave space for the brain to swell. However, the brain was now prone to infections.
Central Idea 1:Medical technology was very underdeveloped in 1848, causing medical problems such as Phineas' very hard to treat as the doctors do not know the reason behind the problem.
Doctors did not know that bacteria caused infections in 1848. This caused Phineas to have a fever and leaked liquid from his wound. But luckily, Phineas was again cured due to the doctor's constant cleaning of the wound and draining the pus from the wound. In 10 weeks, Phineas was fully recovered from his injury.
His behavior changed, however. He spoke vulgar language, and was rude and insulting to others. He completely changed from being his capable and efficient self. The railroad contractors lets him go.