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Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story about Brain Science
Contributor(s): Fleischman, John (Author)

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ISBN: 0618494782     ISBN-13: 9780618494781
Publisher: Clarion Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: November 2004
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Annotation: Phineas Gage was truly a man with a hole in his head. A railroad construction foreman, Phineas was blasting rock near Cavendish, Vermont, in 1848 when a thirteen-pound iron rod was shot through his brain. Miraculously, he survived another eleven years and became a textbook case in brain science. But he was forever changed by the accident, and what happened inside his brain will tell you a lot about how your brain works and what makes us who we are.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature - Anatomy & Physiology
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - General
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Curiosities & Wonders
Dewey: B
LCCN: 2001039253
Age Level: 10-13
Grade Level: 5-8
Lexile Measure: 1030(Not Available)
Guided Reading: X (Grade 6)
Physical Information: 0.3" H x 7.5" W x 9" (0.65 lbs) 96 pages
Features: Bibliography, Glossary, Ikids, Illustrated, Index, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 59708
Reading Level: 7.4   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 2.0
 
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Publisher Description:
An ALA Notable Children's Book and Best Book for Young Adults

Guggenheim Fellow John Fleischman separates fact from legend in this delightfully gruesome tale about Phineas Gage, the man with the hole in his skull.

In 1848, Phineas Gage was just a normal man in Cavendish, Vermont, working as a railroad construction foreman when a thirteen-pound iron rod shot through his brain. Defying all expectations, he went on to live another eleven years.

His miraculous recovery couldn't hide the fact that he was forever changed by the accident. The people around him agreed that the well liked and dependable Phineas Gage had turned into a crude and unpredictable man.

What happened to Phineas Gage's brain?

Complete with full-color photographs, a glossary, index, and a guide to resources, Phineas Gage will show you how your brain works through this fascinating case study as packed with neuroscience as it is shocking details.


Contributor Bio(s): Fleischman, John: - 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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