Phineas Gage

Phineas Gage

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  • Phineas Gage was a normal person with a normal job as a foreman at a railroad company in Cavendish, Vermont.  Until September 13, 1848 somebody distracts him.  This distraction will change his life forever.   
  • Hey Phineas!
  • Before Phineas was distracted he was using a tamping rod to create an explosive to blow a hole into the rock.  But because he was distracted he forgot to put sand in the charge this led to a 3 foot, 13 lb rod to go through his head.
  • Oh Crap!
  • Dr. Harlow examined Phineas the best that he could.  But do to the lack of new medical knowledge and technology Dr. Harlow couldn't due much except for wrapping the wound  and cleaning it up.  Even though Phineas lived Dr. Harlow was still confused on how he survived a metal rod through the brain.
  • Dr. Harlow was called:
  • I wonder if this wrap messed up my hair?
  • How in the name of Sam Hill is this man still alive?
  • 10 weeks later Dr. Harlow sends Phineas back to work saying that he has fully recovered.
  • But little did Dr. Harlow know that when the iron passed through Phineas' head it passed through his frontal lobes, passing through the middle, where two hemispheres face each other.  The iron damages the left hemisphere more than the right, the front of the frontal cortex more than the back.   This makes it so that Phineas still can walk, talk, and function but he lost the ability to socialize and to use common sense.  
  • A couple years pass and Phineas was at a new job because he became unstandable.  But he found his way by being a stage coach driver through the great country Chile.  In 1859 Phineas washes up on his family's doorstep in San Francisco.  
  • Yeehaw!
  • Really? This guy again.
  • But sadly all good things must come to an end.  Phineas after being with his family for the last couple started to develop chronic seizures which eventually killed him on May 21, 1860, 11 years after his tragic incident that will never, ever be forgotten.
  • Phineas Gage
  • Hahahah! Suckers and they thought that I was dead.  Oh wait... Helllp!!! 
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