Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science

by John Fleischman

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ISBN-13: 9780618494781
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 47,078
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)
Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 11 Years

About the Author

John Fleischman uses his brain as a science writer with the American Society for Cell Biology and as a freelance writer for various magazines, including Discover, Muse, and Air & Space Smithsonian. He has been a science writer at the Harvard Medical School and a senior editor with Yankee and Ohio magazines. He lives in Ohio with his wife and a greyhound named Psyche.

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"Carefully separating fact from legend, Fleischman traces Gage's subsequent travels and subtle but profound personality changes." Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"Phineas Gage brings a scientific viewpoint to a topic that will be delightfully gruesome to many readers." School Library Journal

"The riveting topic will draw all kinds of readers, and they'll be fascinated even as they're educated." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Fleischman's bold, present-tense writing draws the reader into the story from the first sentence." Horn Book

"Fleischman is a fine science writer, and he has organized his book adroitly." Riverbank Review

"Science writer Fleischman uses a clipped, engaging expository style to tell this incredible story." Publishers Weekly

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Phineas Gage 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! I ust got done reading this book in my 5th grade reading class and its amazing that Phineas lived for another 11 years,6 months, and 19 days after the tamping iron wen tthrough his skull!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is remarkable. Its the best book you will every read on a brain accident
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book with tons of info
cjf3301 More than 1 year ago
This is a very gory book about a man named Phineas Gage. He was injured in a railroad accident were a rod went through his cheek and then right through his head. Surprisingly he lived to tell about his horrible accident. Doctors were not sure how or why he lived, but what they did know was that he became a completely different person than he was before the incident. His people from his town no longer wanted anything to do with this previous good willed man. He started to star in traveling shows as the living man with a hole in his head. This is a real life twisted story with interesting detail. I personally did not enjoy this book it was a little too graphic for me. It was very science oriented and went into very specific detail about the brain and about medicine. I would recommend it for someone that loves science and that wants to learn about the brain and brain injuries. I did find interesting the effects that injury takes on the brain. So this is a great book just not for the non-science non-gruesome person.
wishtonwish More than 1 year ago
My mother recently had a massive stroke in her right frontal lobe. Physically she is doing very well, but mentally, she just isn't the same. This book and Phineas' story helped me to better visualize and understand just what that stroke did to her. And it's a very interesting story in its own right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like brain science, this is the book for you, but if not, I would not recommend it. The reason why I bought it was because I thought it was going to be a gruesome and interesting, but instead it was not that gruesome and not very interesting. The author talks about the brain way too much.
pacifickle on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This book gives the plain facts on Phineas Gage. In 1848, Gage, a railroad foreman, suffers an accident in which a 13 lb. iron rod shoots completely through his skull. Phineas doesn't even lose consciousness. He sits outside on a porch chatting it up while waiting for the doctor to arrive. Even with the limited neuroscience information avaible in this time, Gage survived to live a somewhat normal life, but his personality was completely changed, which sparked a lot of thought and innovation in the study of the brain. This novel gives the plain facts regarding this astonishing slice of American history, outlining the accident, and Phineas' life story. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a short but thorough account of the Phineas Gage story.
edspicer on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Teachers who have used this book in biology and other science classes rave about the engaging, present tense text; they praise the accurate, up to date science information; but most of all, they state that this is a book that gets students to read! Phineas Gage worked for the railroads in the days before dynamite. All day long he packed explosive powder into rocks with his 13-pound tamping rod. One day back in 1848, who knows why, this rod was blasted up through his cheek and out the top of his head. Phineas survived for another 11 years. With the recent advances in brain research, Fleischman comes back to look at Phineas and see what he may be able to teach us about the workings of the brain. The book has a glossary and references, including Internet references to aid in understanding and to encourage further research. Fascinating!
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I thought it was very interesting and imformative.
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My teacher mrs landis told my class we should read this it turns out it was very good i love medical science!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is a docamentry about a man named Phineas Gage, a young man that got a a sharp-rod shaped stick in his head and lived for anothe 11 years. This story included alotot of gory parts in including a picture with the sharp stick through phineas head!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hshdv
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting true story of a man who should have died or been left brain dead from his injuries. Althou he was changed after the accident but by the grace of God he lived 11 yrs. after his accident!
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Annoyingguy More than 1 year ago
This is the a book about the accident of Phineas Gage in Vermont. But I would say about 40+% of the book is about brain science, and it often gets carried away with these explanations. These should be here just not all of it should be be here. So the beginning of the book gives an interesting description of the horrible accident that happened to PG and how he is somehow still alive with a pole going through his skull and brain. But it then describes the beliefs of brain science that existed back then. The problem is the fact that that chapter isn't very related to what the author had just described. The information is good, but not what I was looking for/wanted from this book. It does tell a brief story of the rest of Phineas's life though. But there are some chapters that were not very related to the incident itself, although I believe that one of these chapters explains why and how Phineas changed so much after his so called, "Full Recovery." These other chapters are not out of the ballpark, but not really the information we want from a book describing a horrible accident in Vermont and what the survivor did after enduring an injury that you would think would kill anyone instantly. YES, HOWEVER, it is still a cool book, and if you like reading about really amazing things, you should at least check this out. Although it didn't affect me, certain people might be scared/creeped out by this story, so don't read this if you are rather sensitive to these kinds of things, but if you are, you probably aren't reading this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in i think 7th grade