Phineas Gage

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Birthday
9, 1823
Birthplace
New Hampshire
Death Date
May 21, 1860 (36)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
9, 1823
Birthplace
New Hampshire
Death Date
May 21, 1860 (36)

About

After suffering frontal lobe damage as the result of a railway construction accident in which a long, metal rod completely pierced his skull, brain, and face, Gage spurred discussion within the fields of neurology and psychology about the role of different areas of the brain in determining personality.

Before Fame

His famous accident occurred in September of 1848, while he was helping to build a Vermont track of the Rutland & Burling­ton Railroad. Previously, he had worked on the Hudson River Railroad in New York.

Trivia

Following his accident and subsequent (partial) recovery, Gage briefly became the living subject of an exhibit at New York's Barnum's American Museum. He later relocated to Chile, where he worked as a stagecoach driver.

Family Life

The children of Hannah Trussell and Jesse Gage, he and his four younger siblings grew up in Grafton County, New Hampshire.

Associated With

He and Shoeless Joe novelist W.P. Kinsella both suffered mishaps that resulted in head injuries.