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The author tells the reader that although Phineas Gage had many ways he could have died at impact, he survived.
Phineas Gage is a railroad construction worker in 1848, and he is in the process of blasting a railroad through granite bedrock near Cavendish, Vermont.
Something is wrong on this day, and Phineas turns his head around. He loses grip of his tamping iron, and it blasts into the air. It goes straight through his head, but he shows no pain.
Phineas Gage meets Dr. John Harlow, who shaves his head to take a closer look. He sees an open head, so he dresses the wound and uses a compress bandage.
Dr Harlow receives a letter from Dr Henry Bigelow, a Harvard Medical College professor of surgery.
The author goes back in time to talk about medicine at the time of the incident. The author does this in in order to show medical advances in his time.
Phineas is out of his sickbed and he looks like a normal person. However, his workers noticed that he has changed, having become ruder,
The author's point in chapter one was to show not only how Phineas was able to survive the accident, but also to show how medical technology was advancing during his time.
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