Head cast of Phineas Gage made during his life, 1850

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Title

Head cast of Phineas Gage made during his life, 1850

Alternative Title

Cast made of the head of Phineas Gage during his examination at Harvard Medical School in 1850

Subject

Gage, Phineas
casting (process)
Frontal Lobe
Brain Injuries
Bigelow, Henry Jacob, 1818-1890

Description

Plaster head cast of a man with significant head trauma. Cast is attached to plaster pedestal base and the entire work is painted white.

Abstract

The plaster head cast made of Phineas Gage by Henry Jacob Bigelow at Harvard Medical School in 1850 to substantiate the specifics of Gage's neurotrauma.

Creator

Bigelow, Henry Jacob, 1818-1890

Source

Bigelow, Henry Jacob, 1818-1890

Date Created

January 1850

Rights

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Access Rights

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Is Part Of

Warren Anatomical Museum

Format

object

Extent

1 head cast

Medium

casts (sculpture)

Type

physical object

Identifier

WAM 00950

Provenance

Phineas Gage sustained his traumatic brain injury on September 13, 1848 in Cavendish, Vermont. In January 1850 Professor of Surgery Henry Jacob Bigelow brought Gage to Boston and Harvard Medical School for examination and took this cast of the his head. Bigelow published his examination of Gage and the casting of his head in the July 1850 American Journal of the Medical Sciences. According to Bigelow, the head cast was on display adjacent to Gage's tamping iron in the Warren Anatomical Museum in July 1850. The cast was officially donated by Bigelow to the Museum in 1856.

Files

Gage Life Mask_WAM0950.jpg

Citation

Bigelow, Henry Jacob, 1818-1890, “Head cast of Phineas Gage made during his life, 1850,” OnView: Digital Collections & Exhibits, accessed December 14, 2018, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/18191.

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