The Case of Phineas Gage (1823 - 1860)

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The Case of Phineas Gage (1823 - 1860)

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Sixth plate cased daguerreotype of Phineas Gage (1823-1860), 1850-1860
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…

Entry on Phineas Gage in Manuscript Descriptive Catalogue of the Warren Anatomical Museum, Volume One
The Warren Anatomical Museum holds the Manuscript Descriptive Catalogue Volume One. Entry 1527 discuss the cast, entry 1528 discusses the skull

Entry on Phineas Gage in Manuscript Descriptive Catalogue of the Warren Anatomical Museum, Volume Two
A second Descriptive Catalogue was written for the Warren Anatomical Museum. Collection items were given new catalogued numbers for the 1870 publication. Entry level 3048 discusses the skull and entry 3049 discusses the iron bar.

Discussion of Phineas Gage in Correspondence of Henry J. Bigelow to Dr. Jewett
Dr. Henry J. Bigelow writes a letter to Dr. Jewett about a man, Linn with a similar case to Phineas Gage. Bigelow offers advice for different options on how Linn could live his life post accident. An alternative is to continue to study from Linn for…

An Entry for the Iron Bar of Phineas Gage in the Warren Anatomical Museum Index
The entry marks the donation of the iron bar that went through Phineas Gage's head. Initially, the bar had been donated by Gage but then it was removed at his request in 1854. After Gage's death. Dr. Harlow obtained the bar with the approval of…

Handwritten Note from Phineas Gage
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…

[Dr. Elmer E. Southard with visitors looking at the 'crow-bar skull' preserved by Dr. John M. Harlow on exhibit in the Warren Anatomical Museum],, 1910s.
A photograph of the original Phineas Gage exhibit in the former Warren Anatomical Museum. Showcased is the skull of Phineas Gage, a life cast of Gage, and the tampan iron from the accident. The woman second in from the left is Annie Taft. Pictured to…

Correspondence Sir David Ferrier to Henry Pickening Bowditch, 1877-1879
Correspondence between Sir David Ferrier to Henry P. Bowditch with mention of the case of Phineas Gage as a subject for lecture and publication.

The first published article about Phineas Gage, originally given as a speech, by Dr. John M. Harlow. A detailed account of Gage's recovery following the accident is given. A mention of the accident is provided in the Medical Miscellany .

Henry Bigelow, a doctor, brought Phineas Gage to Boston to study from his accident. The article provides a summary of the Phineas Gage case with the inclusion of notes he made throughout the recovery. Bigelow notes this could be a "remarkable" case…
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