Sunday, January 12, 2014

Phineas Gage

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science By: John Fleischman

This is the story of Phineas Gage. Phineas lived in the late 1800s and was involved in a terrible accident while doing railroad work.  While working his tamping iron is blasted through his head.  It shoots clean through and he survives, for eleven years!  This book describes how brain science was studied using this incident and just how Phineas was able to live after being in such a bad accident, even though he was not ever quite himself after. This is how an unlikely person becomes famous, by an accident.

I found this book completely fascinating. This story is amazing and the science behind how the brain works is quite interesting.  I think this is a perfect read for middle school and high school readers. While some of my fifth graders liked the idea of the book, most were not interested in reading the whole thing.

I borrowed this book from the GATE department in our district
ISBN: 978-0-618-49478-1

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