Phineas Gage

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The class discussion on Phineas Gage really stood out to me. I was astounded by the fact that a man could survive a metal rod shot through their skull. While I started in with fascination about the physical effects, I was even more intrigued about the mental and psychological effects of the accident. I really wanted to look more in depth about the case study of Phineas Gage. While working on a railroad line, Phineas Gage’s skull was pierced by a metal rod from an explosion. However, instead of being killed, Phineas “was immediately able to sit up and speak, and after the wound healed he returned to work” (Myers, 2014, p. 56). This case forced scientists to rethink the parts and functions of the brain. Upon hearing this, I was amazed by the
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