Handwritten Note from Phineas Gage

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Handwritten Note from Phineas Gage


Gage, Phineas
Warren Anatomical Museum
Brain -- Wounds and injuries
Brain -- Localization of functions
Head Injuries, Penetrating


A handwritten note asking for the removal of the iron bar at the request of Phineas Gage. The date written appears to be "August 24th, [18]54." Gage had been living in Chile since 1852. The message is from Gage; however, there is skepticism towards whether the handwriting is in fact Gage's or his cousin who delivered the note to the Warren Anatomical Museum. If the note is Gage's handwriting, then this is the only known evidence of his script.

Date Created

1854 August 26


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Warren Anatomical Museum. AA 192.5 Box 1 of 3



Mr B. R. Sweatland
Please deliver my iron
bar to the bearer.
P. P. Gage.
August 26th, 54




“Handwritten Note from Phineas Gage,” OnView: Digital Collections & Exhibits, accessed August 20, 2019, http://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/index.php/items/show/25398.

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