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Phineas Gage of Cavendish, Vermont 26 Years Old
September 13th 1848
Phineas Gage is working on blasting a railroad ride-of-way. He does this by filling a hole with gunpowder. He uses sand as a plug so the explosion goes downward.
This is a Tamping Iron. The flat round side is used to pack powder into small spaces.
Phineas and his working companion were busy preparing the hole for the explosion. They got so distracted they forgot to load the hole with sand.
When his companion lit the rope that lead to the gunpowder the tramping iron went through Phineas' head after the explosion. It went behind his eye and landed 30 ft behind him.
Phineas was taken to the hospital but the doctor was not there. Since he was stable he was told to go back home. The doctor would meet him there.
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