Sixth plate cased daguerreotype of Phineas Gage (1823-1860), 1850-1860
Wilgus daguerreotype of Phineas Gage
Brain -- Wounds and injuries
Neurosciences -- History
Brain -- Localization of functions
Psychology -- History
Head Injuries, Penetrating
Sixth plate (2 3/4" x 3 1/4") cased daguerreotype of post-injury Phineas Gage. Portrait-style image depicts Gage holding the tamping iron that caused his 1848 frontal lobe injury. Bar marked with inscription from the Warren Anatomical Museum. As with most daguerreotypes, the image is laterally reversed, creating the mistaken impression that Gage was injured on right rather than the left side. The image is housed in a full wooden case covered with embossed brown paper made to simulate leather. The case interior is a red synthetic velvet cushion.
Sixth plate daguerreotype depicting Phineas Gage and his inscribed tamping iron between 1850 and 1860, after he sustained a traumatic brain injury.
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Gift to the Warren Anatomical Museum in the Francis A. Countway Library of Harvard Medical School by Jack and Beverly Wilgus.
Unknown, “Sixth plate cased daguerreotype of Phineas Gage (1823-1860), 1850-1860,” Center for the History of Medicine: OnView, accessed April 24, 2018, http://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/18168.
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