Tamping iron that caused the injury to Phineas Gage, 1848

Dublin Core

Title

Tamping iron that caused the injury to Phineas Gage, 1848

Alternative Title

Metal iron bar that passed through the head of Phineas Gage in museum display mount

Subject

Gage, Phineas
Industrial accidents
Brain--Wounds and injuries
Personality change
Brain Injuries, Traumatic

Description

Long cast iron bar tapered at one end and blunted at the other end. The bar is etched with an inscription that has been painted white. It rests in a brass and wood mount.

Abstract

Long tapered iron in an exhibit mount.

Creator

Unknown

Source

Gage, Phineas
Harlow, J. M. (John Martyn), 1819-1907

Date

1848, circa

Rights

The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all the materials in the collection. For use information, contact the Warren Anatomical Museum Curator at chm@hms.harvard.edu

Access Rights

Accessing collections in the Warren Anatomical Museum and the Warren Anatomical Museum archive requires advanced notice. Please submit a request to Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu to access the displayed item

Is Part Of

Foreign bodies

Format

object

Extent

1

Medium

Cast iron

Type

physical object

Identifier

Warren Anatomical Museum Catalog Number: 03106

Provenance

The tamping iron was cast by a blacksmith in Cavendish, Vermont for Phineas Gage circa 1848. In 1850, during his examination by Henry Jacob Bigelow, Gage donated the iron to the Warren Anatomical Museum. Circa 1854 the iron was returned to Gage at his request. In 1867, Phineas Gage's mother, Hannah Trussell Swetland Gage, gave the iron to Phineas Gage's former physician, John Martyn Harlow. Harlow donated the iron, and Phineas Gage's skull, to the Warren Anatomical Museum in 1868.

Scripto

Transcription

This is the bar that was shot through the head of Mr. Phinehas P Gage at Cavendish Vermont Sept 14, 1848. He fully recovered from the injury & deposited this bar in the Museum of the Medical College of Harvard University.
Phinehas P. Gage
Lebanon Grafton Cy N.H.
Jan 6 1850

Files

gage_tamping_iron_closeup.jpg
Tamping Iron 2_Low Resolution.jpg

Citation

Unknown, “Tamping iron that caused the injury to Phineas Gage, 1848,” OnView, accessed March 5, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/26376.

Item Relations

This item has no relations.

Transcribe This Item

  1. gage_tamping_iron_closeup.jpg
  2. Tamping Iron 2_Low Resolution.jpg