THE GUY WITH THE RAILROAD SPIKE THROUGH HIS BRAIN?

porterfield porterfield at centuryinter.net
Fri Aug 16 14:31:00 EST 1996


Alan Fried wrote:
> 
> cogito at premier.net (J.Browndyke) wrote:
> 
> >On Wed, 14 Aug 1996 16:43:45 -0400, Bill Graney
> ><us036817 at interramp.com> wrote:
> 
> >>lori jones wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Can anyone give me info/details on the guy in the 19C who survived a RR
> >>> spike through the brain?  What was his name and where can I find out more
> >>> about his case?  You can email me directly if you want to.  Thanks
> >>
> 
> There are a number of web sites dedicated to this man. Use Alta Vista
> and type Phineas Gage and you will come up with a number of sites.
> 
> Hope this helps
> 
> Alan
The fellow's name was Phineas Gage. It wasn't a railroad spike, but a
tamping rod that was used to seat explosives in holes. The book
"Decarte's Error," by the neuroscientist whose name escapes me at the
moment, has a nice discussion of this famous case in one of its early
chapters.



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