New Book Wednesday – Oh My Brain!

While I’m off with Mrs. Falcone learning all of the ins and outs of Google Apps (oh, and we’ve got some great stuff to bring back already), Patrick B graciously offered to cover New Book Wednesday for me.

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Because we were talking about this in class the other day, we decided to pull out the book Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman. Although this book was published a while ago, it’s new to the Hill Top Library.

Here’s the publisher’s summary of the book:

Phineas Gage was truly a man with a hole in his head. Phineas, a railroad construction foreman, was blasting rock near Cavendish, Vermont, in 1848 when a thirteen-pound iron rod was shot through his brain. Miraculously, he survived to live another eleven years and become a textbook case in brain science.

“At the time, Phineas Gage seemed to completely recover from his accident. He could walk, talk, work, and travel, but he was changed. Gage “was no longer Gage,” said his Vermont doctor, meaning that the old Phineas was dependable and well liked, and the new Phineas was crude and unpredictable.

“His case astonished doctors in his day and still fascinates doctors today. What happened and what didn’t happen inside the brain of Phineas Gage will tell you a lot about how your brain works and how you act human.“

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